US 601 and Drive-In Road,
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Previous Names: Highway Drive-In
According to a Boxoffice magazine story, the Bamberg Drive-In, owned by O. C. Carter Jr., opened in late-November 1953. At that point it had 200 speakers with room to install 100 more. It was located just outside the city off the Ehrhardt Highway, known today as US 601.
The 1955-56 Theatre Catalog listed it with a capacity of 200. The first time that the International Motion Picture Almanac listed its capacity in 1961, it was 50. (Previous editions had left the capacity blank.) The IMPAs continued to list the Bamberg Drive-In that way through 1976, but the drive-in fell off the list by 1978.
That 50-car capacity has caused some to claim that the Bamberg Drive-In, sometimes called the Highway Drive-In, was one of the smallest drive-in’s to have existed.
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I believe I found it.
The address is US 601 and Drive in Road, Bamberg, SC which is located just south of the town. A 1989 aerial photo appears to show the remnants of a small drive-in.
Today, the property overgrown with trees and junk vehicles. There is no trace of the drive-in remaining.
Great find, Kenmore. In retrospect, the name “Drive In Road” was a dead giveaway. I really had to strain at that 1989 Historic Aerials photo to see what might be a screen facing south. With the trees already growing in the view field, it’s hard to tell how large it was just from that.
The Jericho Drive-in Jericho, Queensland, Australia may be the smallest drive-in the the world(36 cars, plus a siting area!!?)?