Gospel Drive-In

2228 Milledgeville Road,
Augusta, GA 30904

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They say Augusta is the ‘Buckle of the Bible Belt’, hence the Gospel Drive-In was owned for a short time by David Brinkman. This 120-car capacity drive-in showed only religious films and operated in the mid-1950’s.

Lasting only a few years, it was located not far from the Skyview Drive-In. According to folks, even while watching the films someone was at your car trying to hand you a religious tract, no box office was built, during intermission and often during the show a bucket would passed around for the “offering”..and I thought I had every Augusta Theatre on Cinema Treasures.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 28, 2011 at 7:58 am

Hope to find out if they used 16mm or 35mm, i am betting 16mm,hope to find out from a few locals that actually visited this Drive-in.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Checked with one person that knew,it was a 16mm set-up,didn’t have a lot of that for drive-ins i bet.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

IN easy walking Distance of the huge SKYVIEW DRIVE-in.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm

The Number One drive-in and Skyview Drive-in were also close to this Drive-in,I think it opened during the craze,and once the church crowds left,it closed.traces of all three drive -ins are there if you look,had a friend that even found some old carbon arc rods thrown out in the back.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on January 31, 2012 at 7:38 am

Thanks for the interesting find Mike! There was also one of these drive-ins in Pinellas Park, FL called Drive-In Cinema that showed only religious films. I had a chance to visit the lot just before the theatre closed a few years back. The booth was equipped with both 16mm and 35mm. Not sure of capacity but it was fairly small. Go to Drive-In Cinema in Pinellas Park to see a YouTube video of the drive-in by posted by FloridaDriveIns.

rivest266 on February 19, 2012 at 9:05 am

July 19th, 1952 ad has been posted here. It was the oldest that I could find.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 25, 2012 at 6:12 am

rivest266 Great stuff,making Augusta look great, thanks so much.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm

nick, i can’t find any info, but i bet it was a cheap 16mm outfit and set up…

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