Thunderbird Drive-In

2550 Gordon Terry Parkway,
Decatur, AL 35603

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davidcoppock on June 16, 2024 at 9:03 am

Opened on 26th August 1964 with “4 for Texas”.

rivest266 on June 15, 2024 at 8:10 pm

Opened on August 26th, 1964, and closed on June 29th, 1985. Grand opening ad posted.

kennerado on November 24, 2019 at 1:03 am

The 2008 google street view shows the remains of the street sign/marquee. It was gone by 2013 but the base might still remain.

DTaylor on February 7, 2017 at 8:23 pm

Oh I’m sorry to say that’s not the marquee for the one in Decatur Al., I should know I had to climb up and change the movies. Across the street I’d flat land. The one you posted has a hill. Our sign was a V type.

DTaylor on February 7, 2017 at 8:19 pm

I worked in the concession stand during the 70s. Loved this place, I guess that’s where I get move love of B rated movies.

kd3p76d on February 27, 2016 at 10:33 pm

I remember when I was around 6 years old in the very early 70s going to a drive-in theater called the Thunderbird. It was on Montgomery Highway in Vestavia Alabama about where Vestavia Bowl is now (1429 Mont. Hwy.) I loved the look of it with the neon lights.

Kenmore on October 7, 2015 at 3:27 pm

You can still just see the outline and a few of the ramps left from the drive-in.

Theatrespawn on March 21, 2013 at 3:51 am

Cheaply built, the Thunderbird was on the outskirts of Decatur and really catered to residents of neighboring Lawrence County, which had no movie theatre at the time. It played second run movies, exploitation flicks, bikini beach pictures, horror movies – a perfect venue for American International Pictures product! Cars packed the theatre for Banko night (a variation of bingo), but the real draw was the naughty midnight movie. A showing of the X-rated version of “Cinderella” got the manager thrown in jail for a few hours. Of course, the city fathers had to watch the movie several times before deciding that it was “pornographic”!

jwmovies on December 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2550 Gordon Terry Parkway, Decatur, AL 35603.