Melody Drive-In

5335 C'Board Way,
Thomson, GA 30824

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres

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The Melody Drive-In was located in Thomson, Georgia off Wrightsboro Road. It was on the back side of town heading toward Augusta. It was far enough away not to worry about other drive-ins, still locals that lived in Thomson would drive the 30 miles to Augusta for a different selection of movies. This happens to a lot of small towns near larger cities.

The Melody Drive-In was opened by Martin Theatres by 1950. Today is long gone. The foundation of the concession is all that is left if one ventures to the back near the train tracks you will see what was left of the screen all bulldozed into a pile of scrap wood.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 9, 2010 at 7:45 am

Best I can do without a Thomson city map would the cross roads of state highway 17 and intresects with 278/78 going out of Thomson what is left of the Melody would be on the right side of the road.Last time i drove by there and its been years since Thomson is about 30 miles away where i live, you see the foundation of the booth/concession. they use to sell mobile Homes on the lot.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 9, 2010 at 7:52 am

To help you more on the crossroad of 17 and 78 there was a Sonic Drive-in Restrauant on the side of the road the Melody was on heading East.Just a few blocks pass the Sonic that is where the Melody stood. Thomson also has a Downtown Twin theatre on main st.Called the New Martin.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 9, 2010 at 8:20 am

I will also get with Ray Hutto on this Drive in. Try and get the info as quick as possible.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 10, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Talked with Ray he had no info on this Drive-in.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 11, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Mike, thanks for the info, I found the Sonic, at 226 East Hill Street and just down the road a bit the junction of 17 and 78. I went east on the Google Satellite for a distance, but found no sign of the remains of a drive-in, so sad.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 20, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I thought you might still see the has been years but when i do pass it i always look over where the MELODY proudly stood. Thanks, Bob for at least thinking about.I wish locals there knew and cared enough to get on CT.Plenty of stories I know.

NYozoner on February 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm

U.S. 78 & C'Board Way, Thomson, GA 30824

Here is a 1971 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I hope Bob Jensen sees this.Thanks,NYozoner.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 26, 2014 at 7:33 pm

dang I thought it was called the rebel drive -in

Kenmore on May 28, 2020 at 6:47 pm

A closer address is 5335 C'Board Way, Thomson, GA.

The drive-in appears intact and operational in a 1955 aerial. But by 1971 the drive-in had been demolished.

Today, the drive-in is mostly an empty field with some areas overgrown with trees. However, you can just barely make out some of the ramps.

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