Cruise-In Drive-In

W. Cornelious Harnett Boulevard and Brightwater Drive,
Lillington, NC 27546

170 cars

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Previous Names: Cruise-In Theatre

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Cruise-In Drive-In

The Cruise-In Drive-In was opened prior to 1953, when it was operated by A.J. Collins. The historic address was 421 Lillington Airport Highway.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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jwmovies on September 24, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Above address is incorrect. Approx. location for this drive-in was Old U.S. 421. Use 3660 U.S. 421. The Outline is still there, way out of town heading west.

NYozoner on December 27, 2014 at 8:20 am

jwmovies, do you have an aerial photo showing the outline of the drive-in? I could not find any evidence of a drive-in at the location you provided.

I did find an advertisement for the drive-in in a 1953 high school yearbook which provides location information for Cruise-In Theater as “1 mile north of Lillington on 15-A.”

There were no physical remnants of the drive-in on aerial photos of that area which I examined, which leads me to believe that this was probably a temporary “pop-up” type of drive-in, with no ramps or permanent structures.

TomMc11 on June 27, 2017 at 8:48 am

Ok, some research shows that 15-A is now US 401. If you look at the location of West Cornelius Harnett Blvd & Brightwater Dr., Lillington, NC and either go back on Google Earth or Historic Aerials that spot looks as if it may have had a Drive-In at one point in time. Historic Aerials only goes back to 1998 and Google Earth to 1993 so if someone has access to earlier aerials and can confirm that would be good. This would place it roughly 1 mile north of downtown Lillington. Brightwater Dr. now goes through the property I have indicated, it did not exist until recently.

davidcoppock on June 27, 2017 at 9:46 pm

I suspose when the movie or movies finished, you just cruise out of the drive-in!?

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