Parkview Drive-In

5064 River Road,
Washington, NC 27889

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The Parkview Drive-In parked 150 cars and was located in the small town of Washington, N.C. It was nice small drive-in that took care of the moviegoing needs of Washington from at least 1955.

Tom Bateman ran the Parkview Drive-In and was always worried about; clearance and availability, restrictions, print attainability and audience suitability. This from his booker William C. Cline of Carolina Booking service. Cline explains in his book about theatre business in the Carolinas, "Stroke of Fortune" that Bateman was wheelchair bound and someone had to constanly be there to get him to all parts of the Parkview Drive-In. But Bateman always stayed positive even when Television hit the rural areas.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm

It must have really been hard to run a Drive-in from a Wheelchair,but it semed liked Mr.Bateman wouldn’t have it any other way and was there every night.Thanks Mr.Cline for writing it down in a book.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 20, 2010 at 9:30 am

Open 1950-1980?

Need an address, more info, and photos.

Kris4077 on September 11, 2013 at 10:02 am

This theater was actually on Hwy 32. I located it on Google Earth if you follow Hwy 32 south after it intersects with Hwy 26, where the hwy comes to a “y” you turn left and a little way down on the right hand side is were the theater was. If you use the history feature you can see the ramps better the farther you go back. I will try to get an address location.

Kris4077 on September 11, 2013 at 11:35 am

I meant intersects Hwy 264.

NYozoner on December 2, 2014 at 9:03 pm

River Rd, .2 mile east of Park View Dr
Washington, NC 27889

There’s a drive-in there, visible on Google Earth 1993 imagery.

Kenmore on September 24, 2015 at 2:14 pm

5064 River Rd Washington, NC is about as close as I can get with Google. You can still see the remnants of the ramps.

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