Port Drive-In

5300 Rivers Avenue,
Charleston, SC 29406

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Port Drive-In

In 1967, Consolidated Theatres had plans to build two new drive-in theatres in North Charleston, off Rivers Avenue. The first one was to be called the Gateway Drive-In, which opened in 1968, and the second drive-in was never named. I believe that Consolidated Theatres never built the second drive-in, unless they did build it and sold in on immediately on completion. The second location was where the Post Drive-In was located. It was never advertised along with the rest of Consolidated Theatres drive-ins. It opened on April 2, 1970, which was pretty late for opening up a new drive-in theatre.

The opening feature was “The Curious Female” with Angelique Pettyjohn, Bunny Allister and Charlene Jones. The second feature was from 1965, “How to Murder Your Wife” with Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi and Terry Thomas. It had a parking ramp that would hold 800 cars. The Port Drive-In had show mostly “R” Rated and “XXX” rated movies, with a few PG Rated movies. It advertised along with the Fox Theatre starting in the mid-1970’s. I am not certain, but possibly it was owned by Piedmont Theatres of Charlotte, SC. It finally closed in August 1986, and was redeveloped as the Liberty Mall Shopping Centre.

Contributed by Randy Studer, Chuck

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on November 21, 2010 at 8:52 am

If the above picture links are correct, then the 5300 River Ave address belongs to the Gateway Drive-In. The Port Drive-In is at 4801 River Ave.

The shopping center described above would be where the Gateway once stood then.

The Gateway needs an entry.


CSWalczak on October 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

The Gateway now has a page here on CT.

This photo from the Gateway’s gallery page at Drive-ins.com shows the locational relationship of the Port Drive-in and the Gateway Drive-in.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on October 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm

That is all picture is wrong..The Port is at the top of the picture and the North 52 is at the bottom.

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