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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Drive-in picture show

Posted July 28, 2010 9:57 a.m. EDT

How many of you have been to a drive-in movie theatre? What were your favorite experiences? Have you been to one lately? If so, how have things changed over the years?

The reason why I ask these questions is that we are featuring the half dozen drive-in “picture shows,” as WRAL Meteorologist Mike Moss describes them, still in existence across NC in the Hometown Hello segment on WRAL News in the mornings on Fox 50. Perhaps you would like to revisit the drive-in movie experience. If so here are your options:

Henderson
-Raleigh Road Drive-IN
-Operating for 61 years - oldest in NC
-dog friendly
-formerly the Moon-Glo

Albemarle

-Badin Road Drive-In
-started in 1948 - reopened in '94
-admission: $5
-WiFi access

Belmont
-Bill’s Belmont Drive-In
-50 year institution
-FM radio for sound
-large popcorn: $5.50

Shelby
-Sunset Drive-In
-chili cheese fries are famous
-April – October season
-300 car capacity

Eden
-Eden Drive-IN
-admission $5
-two movies are admission
-run by Robertson family