Jesup Drive-In

3686 Savannah Highway,
Jesup, GA 31545

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Jesup Drive-In

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The Jesup Drive-In opened in 1948 as a single screen theater. The drive-in closed for a few years in the 1960’s and remained closed until 1970 when it re-opened as the Jesup Twin Drive-In adding a second screen to the 11-acre theater.

In February 2012 it was taken over by new operators, and in September 2012 it was equipped with a Christie CP2230 digital projector for Screen One, and renamed Jesup Drive-In.

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AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on February 20, 2008 at 1:55 am

According to Bowers' “Encylopedia” pg. 551, there was a “Strand” theatre in Jesup with a Reproduco organ made by the Operators Piano Co. I could not find a page for the Strand so I am putting this here for the time being.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 26, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I HAD HEARD THIS TWIN WAS STILL OPEN. IN 1956, JESSUP HAD THE FAMILY DRIVE IN THAT PARKED 300 CARS AND WAS OWNED BY W.P. REGGINS. THIS MUST BE THE SAME DRIVE IN?

DavidSimpson
DavidSimpson on November 27, 2011 at 12:42 am

In September 2011 the cinema was closed “temporarily for construction; reopening spring 2012”, according to the sign (see my photograph).

rigginsw3
rigginsw3 on April 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

The original Drive In was the “Family Drive In” built by Ward P. Riggins Sr. who also owned and built the Strand Threater downtown, in the middle of Jesup. We are working on a history of the two theaters.

rigginsw3
rigginsw3 on May 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

Jesup Drive In Theater has re-opened with new owners, Ralph and Jamie Hickox. They are restoring the theater back to the 50’s theme as a historical landmark. www.jesupdrivein.com, FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jesup-Drive-In/220236301412224

This is possibly the oldest Drive-In in Georgia founded in 1948. Any old photos or historical information would be appreciated.

rigginsw3
rigginsw3 on September 25, 2012 at 9:00 am

This drive-in has changed ownership and changed it name to the Jesup Drive-In Theater. Please change the listing. This drive-in is the oldest “living” drive-in in Georgia and one of only four remaining in the state. They just added a digital movie projector to screen one. They have a new web site that will go “live” any day now: http://www.jesupdrivein.dreamhosters.com/

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 19, 2014 at 10:20 pm

According to their website both screens are now digital projection.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on August 16, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Uploaded some pictures of the old concession stand. They are building a new one!!

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on November 19, 2017 at 5:38 pm

The 1952-56 Theatre Catalogs had the Family owned by W. P. Riggins, capacity 300.

The 1952-61 editions of the Motion Picture Almanac listed the Family Drive-In in Jessup (sic) with owner W. P. Reggins (sic), capacity 300. It was off the list in the 1963-66 editions.

The Family was back in Jesup in the 1969-76 MPAs with a capacity of 350. When ownership info returned in the 1978 MPA, its name had changed to the Jesup, the owner was Cockfield, and capacity was 250. In 1980-88, the Jesup Twin was owned by Floyd Theatres of Lakeland FL.

The Florida Times-Union wrote in 1999 that “had been closed for 10 years when (Tim) Cockfield bought it in 1970. In 1975, Cockfield ‘twinned it,’ turning the back two rows around and adding two more.” It also said at the time that “Cockfield, 72, works behind the counter before the movie starts” and “Tim Cockfield Jr. … is poised to take over when the time comes.”

In 2012, the Savannah Morning News quoted Ward P. Riggins III, grandson of the original builder, who said “It’s been here since the 1940s.”

“There was only a short time when it wasn’t operational,” Riggins says. “My dad, who is 87, said they built the Jesup Strand Theatre in 1924 in the center of town. In 1948, they built the Jesup Family Drive-in.” … When Riggins’ grandfather got sick, Ward Jr. continued the business.

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