Cedar Valley Drive-In

3110 Cedartown Highway,
Rome, GA 30161

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Architects: Albert Howell, McKendree A. Tucker

Firms: Tucker & Howell

Styles: Colonial Revival

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Cedar Valley Drive-In

The Cedar Valley Drive-In opened on July 4, 1949 and was operated by O.C. Lam of the Lam Amusement Ct. who were still the operators in 1957. On the rear of the screen was a mock two story Plantation Colonial style house. The Cedar Valley Drive-In had a capacity for 700 cars.

When I did my undergraduate student teaching in 1979 at Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring, I noticed this drive-in was across the highway from Floyd Junior College.

At the time it was showing "adult films" only on the weekends.

I drove by there sometime in the early-1990’s and the whole area had just been leveled.

Contributed by Jesse Brantley

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 22, 2009 at 12:16 am

The Cedar Valley Drive-In had only recently opened when it was featured in an article for the Modern Theatre section of Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of October 1, 1949. The drive-in was designed by the noted Atlanta firm of Tucker & Howell, architects of many theaters in the region.

Photos accompanying the article showed the Southern Colonial style of the buildings which, to my eye, presented a rather alarming contrast with the 60-foot screen tower- as though some bucolic plantation house had inexplicably collided with a boxy Midwestern grain elevator, perhaps carried thither by a tornado.

The Cedar Valley Drive-In could accommodate 500 cars, and featured a landscaped playground, an outdoor seating area for patrons who might enjoy watching movies from beach chairs, and a pair of small artificial lakes flanking the entrance, romantically reflecting the lighted buildings and screen tower by night.

JFBrantley on April 21, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Love the picture. I don’t remember the screen being so close to the highway but like I said in my original post it was almost 30 years ago when I saw the theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm

I took Pictures of the drive in when it was turned into a HAUNTED PALACE for Halloween.Theatre was closed.

NYozoner on February 6, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Cedartown Hwy & Industrial Blvd SE, Rome, GA 30161

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in.

Here is a USGS topo map which notes the location of the drive-in, courtesy of MSRMaps.com.

Chris1982 on December 8, 2014 at 8:23 am

3100 Cedartown Highway (27) Maps to Rome, GA 30161. The Drive-In was on Cedartown Highway (27) at Industrial Boulevard SE. Rome, GA. 30161. The outline is still there.

NYozoner on December 8, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Sometimes the mapping ability on different web mapping sites is misaligned, and the correct address does not go where it is supposed to be. In those instances, intersections are probably more useful than road numbers. GPS coordinates and aerial photos are best for long-term documentation, since road numbers and road names can change over time.

Chris1982 on December 8, 2014 at 9:54 pm

My point was that the drive-in was located in Rome Georgia at the intersection of Cedartown Highway (27) and Industrial Blvd. SE. No matter what mapping you use the remnants of the drive-in are still there.

jwmovies on September 9, 2016 at 1:10 am

Correction: The approximate location for this drive in was 3110 Cedartown Highway. Hardee’s is where the entrance was located.

ahbrannon on March 11, 2018 at 11:09 am

Does anyone remember the name of the people who owned the theatre. I went to school in Atlanta with a girl named Kay Lamb who if not mistaken parents owned the place. I used to take her home on weekends. My memory has faded a bit in the last 50 years but I do believe this is the theatre where she lived.

MichaelKilgore on December 11, 2019 at 3:51 pm

The Dec. 2, 1950 issue of Boxoffice ran a one-page story (with pictures) about the Cedar Valley adding a second concession stand at the rear of the viewing field. “Casting about for a solution (to the problem of serving so many patrons) they noticed the neglected stable near the back property line of the ramp area. Some architectural ingenuity, a little carpentry, some paint and display lighting effects … and a second concessions building, in the southern colonial style of the screen tower, blossomed to take care of the overflow from the original unit.”

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