Stewart Drive-In

2685 Metropolitan Parkway,
Atlanta, GA 30315

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Previously operated by: Dixie Drive-In Theatres

Previous Names: Parking Palace

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Stewart Drive-In

The Parking Palace was opened on June 1, 1935 and was the first drive-in theatre in Georgia. It was at the intersection of Stewart Avenue (now Metropolitan Parkway) and Cleveland Avenue. It was closed in 1942 due to wartime conditions. It refurbished and reopened as the Stewart Drive-In on May 25, 1949 with Rod Cameron in “Strike it Rich”. It was the sister theater to the Piedmont Drive-In. They both closed in the late-1960’s and were replaced with a K-Mart-like store called Arlans which did not last very long. The Arlans building is still standing and is anchored by a Kroger Citi Center.

Before it closed in 1967, you could see the huge screen as you drove along I-85.

Contributed by Jesse Brantley

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

TLSLOEWS on March 28, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Thanks for the photo Alonzo.

JBrantley on April 8, 2011 at 12:35 am

Love the pictures.

Do you have any photos of the Fulton or Hanger theaters when they were in operation?

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Drive-In 54 on April 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Great Pictures jeterga!!

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Drive-In 54 on July 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Aerial from 1960, it was gone in 1968.

rivest266 on April 3, 2018 at 1:11 am

First listed as “Parking Palace” in July 1936 becoming the first drive-in in Georgia.

rivest266 on April 4, 2018 at 10:54 pm

Closed down in 1942 due to the wartime ban on driving for pleasure. It was rebuilt and reopened on May 25th, 1949. Grand opening ad in the photo section. See Piedmont Avenue Drive-In for more information about the Parking Palaces.

rivest266 on July 21, 2023 at 12:57 am

Opened or placed its first ad on June 1st, 1935. Claimed to be the only place of its kind in the World.

Stewart Drive-In openingStewart Drive-In opening 01 Jun 1935, Sat The Atlanta Journal (Atlanta, Georgia)

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