Alpha Drive-In

154 Kimball Bridge Road,
Alpharetta, GA 30009

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MichaelKilgore on May 20, 2024 at 7:26 am

Looks like the Alpharetta drive-in opened in 1957 and had a name matching the indoor theater at the time.

Motion Picture Exhibitor, Oct. 23, 1957: (under Atlanta notes) “The new Alpha Drive-In, Alpharetta, Ga., owned by Mel Brown, is managed by Hans Toler, former manager, Buckhead, here.”

Motion Picture Exhibitor, Dec. 25, 1957: “Ernest Watson was named manager, Alpha Drive-In, Alpharetta, Ga., replacing Hanson Tolar, who joined Wilby Kincey as treasurer.”

Kenmore on May 19, 2024 at 6:02 pm

The buildings appear to be abandoned. An April 2022 Google Street View shows all the windows boarded up. That was not the case from 2007 to January 2021.

50sSNIPES on May 19, 2024 at 3:15 pm

If I have to take a guess on the car capacity, I’ll say 150 cars.

Kenmore on May 18, 2024 at 8:36 pm

There doesn’t appear to be any ramps built and the projection booth must’ve been back in the woods because there is no structure in the middle of the property as typical of many drive-ins.

Kenmore on May 18, 2024 at 8:34 pm

Found It!

The address is 154 Kimball Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA.

The land was cleared in a 1955 aerial, by 1960 it was built and operational.

The screen was still standing as late as 1999, but it was gone by 2003. Today, the Fulton County Board of Education building is located where the screen once stood. There is no trace of the drive-in remaining.

50sSNIPES on May 18, 2024 at 8:38 am

The Alpharetta Drive-In is a very short-lived drive-in, opened in 1958 and closed in 1964. Throughout its short run, it was operated by Atlanta real estate Donald E. Brown.