Joe's Drive-In

220 Grace Church Road,
Salisbury, NC 28147

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Previously operated by: Consolidated Theatres

Previous Names: Hitching Post Drive-In

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It was located off Alexander Boulevard (formerly Albemarle Highway 29) in the Northern part of the city. Opened in 1954, the Hitching Post Drive-In had a car capacity of 392. It was showing first-run features, mainly “B” movies to keep afloat until the late-1960’s when the format was changed to showing “XXX” rated films before it closed in 1989. It has since been demolished.

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raysson on May 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Correction: It’s was called THE HITCHING POST DRIVE-IN

NOT The Salisbury Drive-In.

raysson on August 13, 2012 at 10:15 am

It became a notorious ADULT theatre during the 1970’s and 1980’s that showed a lot of “XXX” rated films when it was known as Joe’s Drive-In. And some ODD ADULT FILMS played here…one of them was titled(and I’m not making this up) “PEBBLES GETS BAMM-BAMM”

Mmandarano on September 17, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Theatre was located at: 220 Grace Church Rd, Salisbury, NC 28147 ‎

Mmandarano on September 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Also, closed in 1989 when Hurricane Hugo blew down the screen.

WildJoker1975 on April 12, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Anybody know who I need to talk to get the drive in reopen???

Mmandarano on April 23, 2014 at 9:01 am

The property is now owned by an animal sanctuary. They purchased in roughly 2009 and have a facility on the north west corner of the property, and use the rest to walk dogs, etc. Adding a good deal of photos of the property as it stands today to the photos section.

In talking with the proprietor of the animal sanctuary, apparently when they bought the property, it was as if everything had been untouched. Like when Hugo took the screen down in 1989, they just turned the lights off and left the property. Both projectors were still in the projection building even though the roof was caving in!

The proprietor of the property told me they took all the reels, projectors and stuff out and tried hard to sell, but no one wanted them. They even tried to donate to a museum in California, but still no takers. Unfortunately, ended up being sold for scrap. Wish I would have known, but a little too late to the game.

There also used to be an 8,700 pound small scale working train when the drive-in was called the Hitching Post. The train still remains in perfect condition and is owned and located at a gentleman’s home in Lexington, NC.

davidcoppock on March 13, 2019 at 9:29 pm

The xxx rated movie “Pebbles gets Bamm Bamm” is proberly a Flintstones parody spoof movie?

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