North Carolina Drive-ins

North Carolina was once one of Top10 Drive-in venues,
with more than 200 outdoor cinemas operating in the
TarHeel state. Since the peak years in the late 1950's
the number of functioning drive-ins has declined 96%.

Presently, 9 of them remain in operation and are dependent
on your support (when the ongoing restoration of the old
Charlotte Road Drive-in is completed, there will be 10).

    Photo: William Fields
 Albemarle, North Carolina

  • Albemarle (Stanly County) North Carolina
    Badin Road Drive-in:  704-983-4882
    located at 2411 Badin Road

    Originaly built in 1948, this venerable solo screen had
    gone dark, but was then repaired, revived and reopened
    in 1994, with a capacity for nearly 700 cars. Badin Road
    remains open for Season 2003 - under new ownership;
    screening double features, with FM stereo audio.

     Belmont Drive-in

  • Belmont (Gaston County) North Carolina
    Belmont Drive-in:  704-825-6044
    located midway between Gastonia and Charlotte
    at 314 McAdenville Road (Exit-26 on I-85, turn right)

    Open almost year-round, but on weekends only (Fri/Sat/Sun)
    except during Independence Week - during their 4th of July
    festivities, when they're open for 7 nites in a row. Usually
    screening triple features for the same admission ..
    charging by the carload - $6 per car.

     Bessemer City Drive-in

  • Bessemer City (Gaston County) North Carolina
    Bessemer/KingsMtn Drive-in:  704-739-2150
    located on Bessemer City Road

     Starlite Drive-in
  • Durham (Durham County) North Carolina
    Starlite Drive-in:  919-688-1037 / 755-6446
    located at 2523 East Club Boulevard @ I-85

    Open April - October; FM-radio sound only.  Admission:
    adults $4 & children $2 (ages 3-11); Flea Mkt on wknds.

    * has a tradition of wrapping their year by screening
    The Wizard of Oz on the last weekend of the season.

     Eden Drive-in

  • Eden (Rockingham County) North Carolina
    Eden Drive-in Theatre:  336-623-9669
    located at 106 Fireman Club Road, off Washington

    Single screen venue with a capacity for up to 200 cars
    (this is the largest movie screen in Rockingham County);
    audio provided via FM (88.1) radio broadcast; frequently
    screens triple features wknds; (great chocolate shakes!).

  • Forest City (Rutherford County) North Carolina
    Tri-City Drive-in:     DARK
    located on North State Road

  • Henderson (Vance County) North Carolina
    Raleigh Drive-in:  252-438-6959
    aka: Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre;
    located on Raleigh Road (Route 1 south)

  • Mount Airy (Surry County) North Carolina
    Bright Leaf Drive-in:  336-786-5494
    located on Highway 52 North

  • Shelby (Cleveland County) North Carolina
    Sunset Drive-in:   704-434-7782  
    3935 West Dixon Boulevard (Highway 74)

    Single screen venue with a capacity for up to 300 cars;
    open seasonally, weekends only, from May thru October.

  • Walkertown (Forsyth County) North Carolina
    Bel-Air Drive-in:    DARK
    located at 5153 Reidsville Road (Route 158)

    Modest but classic Drive-in picture show dating back to 1955,
    and one of the few which still maintains a large playground
    for all of the wee folk; single screen, with a capacity for up to
    180 cars; audio via FM radio, plus some traditional speakers.

  • Waynesville (Heywood County) North Carolina
    Waynesville Drive-in:  828-456-3562
    located at 1823 Asheville Road

    Rural solo-screen picture show with a capacity for
    up to 225 cars; open weekends only, usually from
    March thru November (not confirmed as 'open' - yet,
    for Season 2003); lighting the screen with double
    features; carload admission: charges $8 per car.

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