Drive-In For Nashville

Drive-In For Nashville

In the 1920s, 30s and 40s many small towns like Ray City, GA had their own movie theater. There were plans to open a theater in Ray City in 1929.  The Ilex Theater in Quitman, GA  built around that same time was designed by Valdosta architect Lloyd Greer, who also designed the Ray City School.  Greer is also credited with designing the Lyric Theater in Waycross, GA and many other south Georgia buildings. Nashville, GA had the Majestic Theater on the courthouse square.

In 1949, a drive-in movie theater was constructed between Nashville and Ray City.

Notice in Boxoffice magazine, July 2, 1949. Drive-In theater coming to Nashville, GA

Notice in Boxoffice magazine, July 2, 1949. Drive-In theater coming to Nashville, GA

Drive-In for Nashville
NASHVILLE, GA. – A drive-in is being erected two miles south of the city on the Ray City highway by Billy Tygart, local business man. Plans are to open the new theatre within the next few months.

The Midway Drive-In held 200 cars and was later purchased by Stein Theatres  of Jacksonville, FL.

For a time in the 1950s Berrien County residents could enjoy movies at both the Majestic Theater and the Midway Drive-in Theater, where the motto was

A 1956 advertisement for the Midway Drive-in listed the week’s movie lineup:  Friday and Saturday, the western Red Sundown, and Teenage Crime Wave;  Sunday and Monday, The Revolt of Mamie Stover and the 1954 western The Command; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, An Annapolis Story, and The Crooked Web.

Midway Drive-In Theater, Nashville, GA

1956 advertisement for the Midway Drive-In Theater, Nashville, GA.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Dinah Griffin said,

    May 13, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks for this. Does anyone have photos of Dessa’s Shop? It was on the square. Circa 1958 to 1970’s. She was my Aunt by marriage. Her husband started Larson Boats, now Chapperel Boats.

    On Sat, May 2, 2020, 12:27 AM Ray City History Blog wrote:

    > raycityhistory posted: “Drive-In For Nashville In the 1920s, 30s and 40s > many small towns like Ray City, GA had their own movie theater. There were > plans to open a theater in Ray City in 1929. The Ilex Theater in Quitman, > GA built around that same time was designed by Valdo” >


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