Cordele Drive-In

105 Farmers Market Road,
Cordele, GA 31015

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres

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Cordele Drive-In

Cordele, Georgia is a small South Georgia town that I have spent some time in, but never noticed a drive-in. Granted I was 13 or so, but even then I was always on the watch for drive-ins. In those days there was not a lot of interstate highways, so you traveled the state roads. Georgia state road 41 runs into Cordele.

The 1st Cordele Drive-In in the town of Cordele has its own page on Cinema Treasures. This was the 2nd Cordele Drive-In to operate in Cordele. It was opened in 1966 by Martin Theatres.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 10, 2010 at 11:40 am

Yes interesting and I did notice MAVC (must be a lot more to that story). Lots of bases in Georgia.

NYozoner on February 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm

U.S. 41 & Farmers Market Rd, Cordele, GA 31015

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is visible on Google Earth using historic aerial imagery.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on March 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Here are my pictures of the Cordele Drive-in from March 2012.

This is one of the best theaters that I’ve ever come across. The drive-in is in excellent condition for being closed for about thirty years. The screen doesn’t appear to have any damage and the marquee has held up surprisingly well.

jwmovies on September 22, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 101 Farmers Market Rd.

twisted181978 on March 29, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Just drove by this today, its a shame it hasn’t been preserved. It looks to be in a severe state of disrepair. I enjoyed seeing a piece of Georgia’s history though.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on April 30, 2016 at 4:45 pm

U.S. 41 & Farmers Market Rd, Cordele, GA 31015 is the correct address.

Kenmore on April 30, 2016 at 7:45 pm

Another address that works (at least on Google) is 2367 Georgia 90, Cordele, GA. The drive-in sits on the NE corner.

cmwhite1994 on June 2, 2017 at 9:05 am

I used 2367 Georgia 90 on Google Maps to get there. Very overgrown (will upload photos soon). Screen looks like it is in good shape. No easy way to get onto the property and I chose not to trespass. Current owner is Harry Carter.

50sSNIPES on November 27, 2023 at 3:29 pm

Another address that works is 105 Farmers Market Rd, Cordele, GA 31015, and was the second out of two Cordele Drive-Ins in its history.

Martin Theatres opened this one in 1966 as a replacement of a smaller drive-in located south of Cordele on Highway 41 which closed that same year, also named Cordele Drive-In (it will have its own Cinema Treasures page soon).

50sSNIPES on November 29, 2023 at 6:58 pm

The capacity of the second Cordele Drive-In looks a lot larger than the first Cordele Drive-In. The first Cordele Drive-In had 145 cars, while this one looks more like 300 (which represent an expenditure of some $100,000 according to a very small article on its construction in September 1965).

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