Bowline Drive-In

2604 U.S. 31,
Decatur, AL 35603

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Architects: Cleve Cail, Jr.

Firms: Cail, Yates & James

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Bowline - Decatur, AL

The Bowline Drive-In was opened on August 17, 1955 with Rory Calhoun in “Ain’t Misbehavin'”. From the screen to the marquee, the Bowline Drive-In featured a bow as its signature. This was a first-run drive-in theatre in Decatur, AL. It was owned by W.W. Hammonds & Co.

The Bowline Drive-In closed in 1988. A shopping center has been built on the site.

Contributed by Cathy D. Wahl

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MichaelKilgore on August 16, 2021 at 12:05 am

Boxoffice, Aug. 27, 1955: “DECATUR, ALA. - The Bowline Drive-in, with a capacity of 600 cars, opened here Wednesday (17). Owners are W. W. Hammonds jr., C. B. Goss and G. D. Wheeler, Albertville, and A. W. Hammonds, Florence. They also operate the Wilson Drive-In in Florence and the Marshall Drive-In in Albertville. Carlton Mann, who has been in show business almost ten years, is manager. He was formerly with the Sunset Drive-In. The theatre features CinemaScope, a kiddy playground, patio for 100 persons for refreshments, plus in-car heaters. The theatre is located on a 20-acre tract.”

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