3338 Wrightsboro Road,
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The Bon-Air Drive-In opened on November 25, 1953 with Yvonne De Carlo in “Sea Devils”. In 1956, ten million Americans were going to the movies weekly. In Augusta the Bon-Air Drive-In was packing them in. Located on Wrightsboro Road above the Forest Hills Drive-In, it could almost pass as a twin drive-in.
The screen of the Forest Hills Drive-In was right on Wrightsboro Road while the Bon-Air’s screen was the opposite – towards the woods and way off the road. The Bon-Air Drive-In parked 675 cars and was owned by Harry Dennis. I never saw a movie there but once I did have a chance to walk over to the old concession/booth area. I remember it being built of bricks.
The screen was larger than Forest Hills. In fact when you think about it, Forest Hills Drive-In was newer but was so close to the road that you’d think the Bon-Air Drive-In would have lasted until the 1970’s, but it didn’t.
The Bon-Air Drive-In was a large drive-in parking over 100 cars more than Forest Hills Drive-In. At one time Augusta had more drive-ins than Atlanta! This must’ve been a drive-in theatre town. I believe it was over-screened, and television certainly did not help. At the time Augusta had two television stations.
The Bon-Air Drive-In is long gone. However, you can go to the old shopping center in the location of the drive-in, and if you walk away from the main road to the neighborhood below, you can still see the base of the screen.
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