Monroe Drive-In

1404 W. Roosevelt Boulevard,
Monroe, NC 28110

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Monroe Drive-In

This drive in "located on the Roosevelt By-pass" (Highway 74) opened in June 1952. Owners were C. H. Faw (Charlotte, NC) and R. A. Goodman of Monroe. In news article from the "Marshville Home" (26 June 1952) it was noted that they also operated the Moonlight Drive-In at Wingate, NC. The latest equipment "including the X-a-el lighting" for a clearer and brighter picture (and perfect sound) was installed.

Films in the first week: "The Mob", "Wake Island", "Swamp Woman", and Bob Hope in "The Lemon Drop Kid". Admission was $1 per car. About one month after opening a bad thunder storm with high winds rolled through and destroyed the screen and marquee. But judging from subsequent newspaper ads, repairs were made.

Contributed by Patricia Poland

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raysson on May 8, 2009 at 10:35 am

I highly remember this! This was a pretty good size drive-in theatre that was located between two major highways(Intersection of U.S. 74 West at U.S. 601)on the outskirts of Monroe. Did tremendous business until its closing somewhere during the 1980’s.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Very small drive-in parking only 125 cars in 1956. It was owned by C.Few.

PatriciaCarol on January 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

The approximate address would have been 1404 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, NC. I apologize for not putting that in my original post. The street view photo currently with this theatre is too far west.

MonroeHistory on February 28, 2014 at 11:34 am

The Monroe Drive In lost customers to the Super Drive In (½ mile east on US 74) which was newer, cleaner and showed first run movies. When the market for B movies and 2nd run movies slowed in the 70s they changed over to X rated movies until they were forced to close in the early 80s.

PatriciaCarol on August 24, 2014 at 4:37 pm

MonroeHistory – yes, after it changed over to X-rated, locals said bright lights were installed to face out towards 74 so that drivers on the highway could not see what was on the screen at the Monroe Drive-In.

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