Closed Beverly Drive-in in Hattiesburg razed by fire

posted by CSWalczak on November 1, 2010 at 10:40 am

HATTIESBURG, MS — A fire early in the morning of October 30 destroyed the Beverly Drive-in. The theater had been closed since 2005, but there were hopes it might eventually reopen. The Beverly originally opened in 1948 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Only two operating drive-ins remain in Mississippi.

A fire that started around 3 a.m. reduced the historic landmark to nothing but a smoldering memory. Hattiesburg firefighters gained control of the blaze by 4:15 a.m., but by then only the screen’s metal framework remained. The cause of the blaze is not known.

The story, with a picture, is in the Clarion-Register.

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KenLayton on November 1, 2010 at 11:49 am

Looks like the boxoffice and marquee are still intact. The newspaper photos (today) do not show the projection booth/snack bar.

There are tons of photos of the fence and screen tower on fire though.

Have they determined where the fire started?

Someone should buy this theater and rebuild it!

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