Moonlight Drive-In

Brooklyn Road,
Evergreen, AL 36401

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Bert Gorum and John Andrews launched the Moonlight Drive-In four miles outside of Evergreen on the Brooklyn Highway on May 20, 1952. The first film was Abbott and Costello’s “Africa Screams”. In 1954, Gorum and Andrews sold the facility to Olin Evans. In spring of 1955 the screen tower and roadside marquee were badly damaged by a storm and it never reopened. A classified advertisement offered all the materials from the Moonlight Drive-In for sale in September of 1958.

Olin Evans & Louis Evans replaced the Moonlight Drive-In with the Fairview Drive-In at a different address and opening it on July 27, 1956.

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MichaelKilgore on May 22, 2019 at 11:31 am

I’m not sure how this should fit in with CinemaTreasures' style. If the same people with the same stuff set up shop at a nearby location, is that one or two drive-ins? Anyway, the July 30, 1955 Motion Picture Herald wrote:

“Olin and Louis Evans have a drive-in under construction on Highway 31, two miles from Evergreen, Ala., on the Brewton road. They have christened it the Fairview. The drive-in will replace the Moonlite which was badly damaged by a severe windstorm recently. The screen tower and the attraction board were completely destroyed.”

The Moonlite was in the 1953-57 editions of the Motion Picture Almanac, capacity 200, owner Olin Evans. The Fairview was listed in the MPA’s 1958-59 editions, same capacity and owner. There was nothing under Evergreen in 1960.

davidcoppock on May 23, 2019 at 6:39 am

Is there anything on this site now?

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 6, 2021 at 3:34 pm

GPS:31.409348, -86.883135

The Fairview has it own page on CT.

Kenmore on November 23, 2022 at 5:12 pm

The “Brooklyn Highway” in the description seems to be the Brooklyn Road which runs from Evergreen to the southeast until it reaches the town of Brooklyn Alabama which is approximately 15 miles away.

A 1956 aerial shows nothing that I can see resembling a drive-in anywhere along that road. If it had been in operation for a couple of years, there should be entrance/exit roads and parking areas even if the ramps were not developed.

But then again, my eyesight is not what it once was and the contrast on the aerial isn’t that great. Still, I think an area that was parked on for a good part of two years should have some indication that it was a drive-in even if all the structures are gone.

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