Carolina-Duke Drive-In

4600 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard,
Durham, NC 27707

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Previous Names: Drive-In, Caro-Duke Drive-In

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Carolina-Duke Drive-In

Very interesting of the several drive-in theatres that operated in the Durham area. Located at the intersection of Chapel Hill Boulevard at Garrett Road just off U.S. 15-501(the area where the drive-in theatre stood is now a shopping center complex).

The Carolina-Duke Drive-In was just that….the drive-in theatre that was between the towns of Durham and Chapel Hill and 8 miles apart from both the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and also not far from Duke University.

The Drive-In opened on July 2, 1949 with Ginger Rogers in “Vivacious Lady”. It was reopened as the Carolina-Duke Drive-In with Jane Wyman in “Cheyenne”. After more than 26 years of serving the greater Triangle, the Carolina-Duke Drive-In closed its gates forever in November 1975, and was demolished in early-1976.

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kencmcintyre on March 30, 2009 at 11:37 pm

The name sounds like an attempt to please both campuses.

rdelius on September 20, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Photo is wrong location .Chuck is right Old chapel rd at Garrett.Visible on 1955 aerial photos.Was closed by then. Opened late 40s,the present chapel hill blvd not built yet.

raysson on December 6, 2013 at 7:10 pm

4600 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard,Durham,27707-2669

It opened in 1949 and closed in late-1975.

The drive-in was on the site of where the Oak Creek Village Shopping Center is now (where T.J. Maxx Department Store and a Bojangles Restaurant now sits)

raysson on December 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Chuck 1231 is right about the location of this drive-in theatre. It was at the corner of Garrett Road and Chapel Hill Road(which is now Chapel Hill Blvd.)that opened in 1949 with a capacity of 300 cars. It closed in late-1975 and not 1973. This information will be updated for the Cinema Treasures site.

davidcoppock on April 11, 2019 at 3:41 pm

Opened with “Vivacious Lady”. Opened as Carolina-Duke Drive-in with a Looney Tunes cartoon( Inki at the circus), and “Cheyenne”.

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