Top 5 Macon Drive-In Theaters
Drive-In Movie Theaters have become a vanished pastime for older generations. There’s a good chance that if you’re older than 40 years old, you have a vivid recollection or two from a drive-in movie theater. After all, more than 4,000 of them once peppered the American landscape. Nevertheless, drive-ins had a good run, in large part because they combined two American obsessions. After World War II, movies became a more accessible pastime, less something fit for a grand theater. Right around then, too, cars became a part of many families. Drive-ins mixed those luxuries in perfect measure.
1. 41 Drive-In Theater
Once located at 4541 Houston Avenue, the 41 Drive-In was Macon’s largest drive-in theater in the late-1950’s and contained parking spaces for 900 cars.
2. Weis Drive-In Theater/Southside Drive-In
The Weis Drive-In was located to the south of Macon on the old Savannah Highway (now Hwy 247) past 7 Bridges. The Weis Drive-In was opened by Albert Weis in the 1960’s. Weis provided air-conditioning and heating in the concession booth and A/C and heating for the automobiles. Weis Drive-In contained parking spaces that were equipped with speakers for movie goers.
3. Moto Vue Drive-In
Moto Vue opened in Macon by H.P. Rhodes. The Motor View Drive-In was "the smallest and most forgotten" of the five drive-ins in Macon. The Motor View Drive-In only held 275 cars and sadly was one of the first drive-ins to close when television became popular.
4. Camp Wheeler Drive-in Theater
Camp Wheeler Road, now Emery Highway once was home to the Camp Wheeler Road Drive-In that later became Dixie Drive-In Theater. Camp Wheeler Drive-In opened in 1942 with one screen and parking for 300 cars.
5. Star Lite Drive-In Theater
Located on Log Cabin Road, the Star Lite was opened around 1950. The Star Lite Drive-In in Macon was owned by J.L. Hartman and was the second smallest drive-in in this middle Georgia city, parking 300 cars.