Barbour Drive-In

2304 Main Street,
Louisville, AL 36048

306 cars

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Barbour Drive-In

Frank B. Pierce launched the Barbour Drive-In in Louisville, Alabama on June 25, 1953 with Tyrone Power in “Pony Solider” and two cartoons. Pierce also operated the Victory Theatre in Louisville. Its namesake comes from Louisville, Alabama’s county of Barbour. The snack bar contained a Rock-Ola jukebox and diminutive dancing area for patrons. The theatre held just 132 cars at opening.

In 1954, Pierce extended the screen to accommodate widescreen presentations including CinemaScope. He also added a zoo for smaller patrons. The zoo was considered a first for Barbour County. And the facility was expanded to hold 306 cars.

In 1956, Pierce sold the ozoner to Olin Evans who then sold it to Bert Middlebrooks. The theatre appears to have closed in its 10th season in 1962.

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Kris4077 on April 12, 2019 at 10:24 am

Google maps to an empty lot across the street from 2304 Main St

Louisville, AL 36048.

Shows up on 1965 aerial on then faint outline of ramps after that.

Also shows up on 1971 Topo Map.

Kris4077 on April 12, 2019 at 10:30 am

At a guess this is a number between 2284-2307 Main St Louisville, AL 36048, Since the next house going out of town is 2309, and two houses before it is 2283. The next house in the other direction does not have a number.

ebg on March 23, 2022 at 2:32 pm

I lived right across the highway from the Barbour Drive In… as a child, saw A Hard Days Night and Help, by the Beatles, and James Bond in Goldfinger, Thunderball, and You Only Live Twice… Your Cheating Heart, Three Stooges in Orbit, Dondi, etc…the drive in DID close, but not until after Bonnie and Clyde… was that 1967???

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