Beverly Drive-In

Old Airport Road and Edwards Street,
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

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Beverly Drive-In

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Opened in 1948, the historic Beverly Drive-In ran successfully for decades. But in 1987, the theater’s owner passed away suddenly and the theater was forced to close.

Thanks to the efforts of Jim Norton and Barbara Suick, who own seven drive-in theaters in Florida and Wisconsin, the Beverly Drive-In reopened on May 15 2001, years after its last season came to an end. Norton and Suick’s N&S Theater Drive-Ins is one of the largest drive-in chains in the country, and their eight theaters are among the roughly 600 left in the United States. The two are leasing the Beverly from the daughter of the original owner.

The Beverly Drive-In was reopened as a first-run twin theater and now contains 500 parking spaces with two large screens, one measuring 100 x 75 feet and another measuring 80 x 40 feet.

It was destroyed by a fire in October 2010.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 23 comments)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm

If you’re trying to find the theater on the map view, look a bit north from 5320 to where 49 meets with Edwards Street. The drive-in can be seen at that intersection.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 24, 2010 at 10:12 am

The Beverly Drive-in never ran an R-rated movie.Goes to show you don’t have to throw trash on the screen to make a buck.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 30, 2010 at 10:07 pm

This drive-in, which had been closed, was destroyed by fire early in the morning on September 30, 2010. Story here: View link

wsaucier
wsaucier on October 31, 2010 at 7:28 am

The Beverly was destroyed by an early morning fire on October 30, 2010, not September 30.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 31, 2010 at 9:23 am

Thanks, saulad, for the correction. This webpage has a slideshow of the Beverly; in some of the pictures, the manager’s residence under the original screen can be seen: View link

wsaucier
wsaucier on October 31, 2010 at 10:22 am

You’re welcome. I drove by the Beverly while in Hattiesburg just a few weeks ago. It is so sad to read the news article about its destruction. It was the second drive-in that was opened in this state. I kept hoping someone would reopen it. There are only two operating drive ins left in this state now. At one time there were four in my area(Beach, Do, Don & Moonlite)alone. All gone now.

SophieRoseAsquith
SophieRoseAsquith on August 31, 2013 at 12:51 am

Can anyone please tell me if there is anything left on the site of the Beverly Drive-In? I’m driving across the state documenting drive-in’s, both operating and abandoned sites, and the photographs I’ve seen of this site looks really interesting

wsaucier
wsaucier on August 31, 2013 at 8:25 am

The Beverly screen tower and the home under it was destroyed in a fire. The concession and booth building was demolished. There is nothing left but a empty field. The vacant land is for sale

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 8, 2014 at 5:56 am

You may want to change the address, it is off about 6 miles Southeast of the Drive-In location. A better address would be U.S. Highway 49 and Edwards Street. The location shows the foundation of the screen concession stand and the golf course.

The home built beneath the screen had 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a sun porch.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on July 17, 2014 at 4:16 pm

A better address is:

Old Airport Rd & Edwards Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

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