Cadet Drive-In

Kings Road and Pierce Johnson Road SE,
Union Point, GA 31061

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres

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Cadet Drive-In

Mr Joe Vogel says Boxoffice Magazine states this drive-in theatre was opened by Martin Theatres on April 24, 1950 with Bill Williams in “Blue Grass of Kentucky”. It had a 300 car capacity.

It was located at the end on Kings Road at the Sparta Highway, a few blocks from the Oconee River Bridge.

I had just moved to Milledgeville, GA in November 1959. The drive-in had just closed, and all the speakers, posts, concession was all left intact. I drove through it in my car and it was a large drive-in. I guess it lasted about 9 years.

Contributed by Ray Hutto

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JFBrantley on September 21, 2009 at 6:07 pm

I remember my mother telling me about this drive-in. I don’t remember the name but she said that it was off the road going to Sandersville almost on the bank of the Oconee River. If the drive-in closed in 59 she may not have remembered the exact location.

NYozoner on February 6, 2011 at 8:17 am

Kings Rd & Pierce Johnson Rd SE, Union Point, GA 31061

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. Pierce Johnson Rd SE goes through the center of the former drive-in property.

Here is a 1951 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

Kenmore on January 26, 2022 at 9:56 pm

Kings Road & Pierce Johnson Road Southeast, Milledgville, GA is a closer address for Google Maps since Union Point is over an hour’s drive away.

A 1955 aerial shows the drive in operational.

The Old River Bridge Road is where the entrance road to the drive in connected, but that cannot be mapped on Google Maps at this time. The entire area has been developed for residential housing. There is no trace of the drive in remaining.

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