Maiden Lane,Forest City, NC 28043
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If you go to Google Earth, pick the spot of the drive in, go to the Timeline feature, and go all the way back to the earliest, 1993 for this area, and you can see the normal drive-in shape. You’ll see the screen and projection booth in that shot.
This D-I has an odd outline it is round. Could this have been an auto-scope, one of those D-I’s that had a screen for every car? maybe it was changed to a regular drive in later. Or perhaps it has deteriorated or that just the way it was build. Speaking of auto-scopes I have a modern day digital twist on this Idea either using digital projection or LED TV’s all contained in a small shed with a roll up door one for each car.
4 miles South of town off Hwy 221 is this place. 1993 imagery shows it more defined (screen still looked like it was up, etc…) but this might be the Midway… 300 car size is about right.
Here in Texas we have a lot of communities named Midway, and usually more often than not is because it’s midway between 2 larger cities. Like Midland, TX is midway between El Paso and Fort Worth.
Just what attracts certain people to the business? I loved movies,but i don’t think that was it because am sure we played more than we watched. The excitement of opening night on a big picture tht YOUR theatre has and isn’t playing day and date with several others. Is it the easy girls. Geez, we had them here especially at COLUMBIA 1 and 2. I guess being a part of the movie world might be it. I just knew that is all i wanted to do for 7 years. and even though i never managed a theatre being a number guy was just fine with me. Heck, we did most the work anyways and never had to listen to a D.M..
Nothing NORMAL with the LOEWS NASHVILLE people also.
Intresting question,don’t know how it got it’s name certainly the owner could have loved the circus. There are a few Midway Drive-ins on CT. I think could have come up with a jazzier name,but wasn’t there a NORMAL theatre on the other day,they sure did not employee any of the Augusta gang.We were anything but NORMAL. Isent Robin a picture of us dressed up like the MARX BROTHERS [promoting alate show} i had hope she would put it on,but I can’t be too picky she has done ALOT.
What about the Midway?
YOU are RIGHT IT IS TRI-CITY DRIVE IN. Because to the right there is or was a radio station there called WBBO at the time. I can see the Tower behind the screen.
According to our friends over at CinemaTour, SiliconSam’s aerial is the Tri-City Drive-In(the other drive-in in town, already listed here on CT). I can find very little about the Midway, unfortunately.
Silicon Sam, I will have to get Ray to look at the Picture,because I don’t think I ever went to the MIDWAY Drive-in.
Chuck 1231,I will check with my cousin Ray,he is from that area and has helped me with all the Hendersonville,N.C. theatres and Drive-ins.
Could it be this place?