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Auto Drive-In – Greenwood, South Carolina

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Though drive-in movie theaters have largely become a thing of the past, in Greenwood people still hop in their cars to see movies on giant outdoor screens. In 1954 South Carolina boasted 99 drive-in theaters; today there are only three. Along with the Big Mo in Monetta and the Highway 21 Drive-In in Beaufort, the Auto Drive-In continues to invite movie lovers to a larger-than-life viewing experience. (The theater is also known as the 25 Drive-In in honor of its location on US 25.)

Auto Drive In Greenwood

Jim Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

This historic theater was originally owned by A.T. Livingston and Olin Turner, who opened it in 1946 and operated it until 1954. Pete Zouras then leased the theater and succeeded Turner and Livingston as the manager. Zouras eventually bought the theater and operated it until 1986. It then sat vacant for around a decade. It opened again briefly in 1999, but owners Martin and Marsha Murray closed it again after just a few weeks.

Ten years later, it was purchased by Tommy and Carolyn McCutcheon, who revived the theater by increasing its car capacity from 250 to 500 and adding a second movie screen. The theater was also modernized with digital screens showing new releases. For the full experience, the McCutcheons also offer customers snacks and dinner from their on-site restaurant.

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Address: 3109 United States Highway 25, Greenwood, SC 29646
GPS Coordinates: 34.141772,-82.132103

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