Cinema Drive-In

729 Bell Fork Road,
Jacksonville, NC 28540

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Previously operated by: Stewart and Everett

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Cinema Drive-In

The Cinema Drive-In opened in Jacksonville, NC October 12, 1967. Located on Bell Fork Road (just off Lejeune Boulevard), there was space for 600 cars. Grand opening newspaper ad noted the screen was "the largest on the Carolina coast". Also a "double lane cafeteria style snack bar" with the promise of "No Waiting!" and "More space between speakers…easier to open car doors!" Sherrill Strickland managed the theatre when it first opened. Premiere Presentation was "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines". Owned by Stewart & Everett Theatres. General contractor: Gillenwater Construction Company of Jacksonville, NC.

The Cinema Drive-In was closed in 1985.

Contributed by Patricia Poland

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

PatriciaCarol on March 23, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Posted image of marquee from the 1967 newspaper ad at flickr:
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PatriciaCarol on April 4, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Sorry, I see I’m still putting that “e” on the end of Everett! Gotta stop that!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Thanks for picture PatricaNC. I have done some research on Hendersonville.N.C. theatres, SKYLAND ARTS CINEMA,CAROLINA,Hendersonville Outdoor cinema,JoyDrive-in and Four seasons cinemas.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on May 25, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Still barely perceptible in the overhead view, located at the rear of an industrial area:

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TLSLOEWS on July 12, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Nice ad and photo.

jwmovies on September 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 719 Bell Fork Road. Now Humphrey Moving & Storage.

NightHawk1 on March 3, 2014 at 7:56 pm

This was Jacksonville’s last standing drive-in theater. When it closed in 1985, all other drive-ins in Jacksonville, including the South 17 Twin on Wilmington Highway/US 17 South (non-porn) and Starlite (most likely the XXX drive-in just north of the South 17 Twin), had been demolished. The Cinema Drive-In has since been demolished as well.

robboehm on June 6, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Uploaded a photo of all that remains of the Drive – In, the framework of the pylon, from the Jacksonville, NC Theaters – site.

raysson on August 21, 2015 at 10:02 am

This should say closed, demolished, 1 screen, 600 cars.
The Cinema was Jacksonville’s last standing drive-in that closed in 1985.

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