Rocket Drive-In

Salisbury, NC 28144

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Jimmy Evans had a dream to build a drive-in theatre. He already had a name in mind, the Rocket Drive-In near Salisbury, North Carolina, but in the County of Rowan. Jimmy made the rounds talking to film bookers in Charlotte, N.C., but as he put it he was laughed out of the high rise. The concession stand was run by his wife, Candy. He wanted 35mm projectors, but when that did not come through he got two Twin Bell and Howell 16mm projectors, he had to build a wooden tower closer to the screen for presentation. His first movie was "Cannonball Run" and "W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings" on June 22, 1997.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 26, 2011 at 9:18 am

Anyone have an address or crossroads? More info and photos are always welcome.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I was Wrong on the date,it was June 22 1997.Bob, the Article in the Charlotte Observer said the Drive-in was in Rowan County.N.C.Naturally,it seems on every theatre I put on, the subject never has a street address.The article did have two pictures,One with the owner standing in front of the screen and inside the snack bar.A little 16mm operation like this I bet did not last long,but it was a dream.

TLSLOEWS on March 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Thanks Mike I like the name.Rocket.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Interesting Story.didn’t think I could re-print it here so I rewrote it.He had big speakers in front of the Screen,Left that out sorry.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 31, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Geez,Chuck.Once again Owners renaming DRIVE-INS.I almost hate to submit them.In 1956 in my now famous 1956 Motion Picture Almanac i have three Drive-ins there: HITCHING POST,HI-WAY 601 Drive-in,and Salisbury Drive-in.Two that are different from what you have.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Yeah,they love changing names.

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