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Bright Leaf Drive-In - Facts & Highlights

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Bright Leaf Drive-In

No known aliases.
playground Closed down
150 North Andy Griffith Parkway -- U.S. 52
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Express Code: nctbrig
Status: closed
Season: All year
Year Built: 1955
Screens: 1
Car Capacity: 200
Opening Date:
First Movie:
Site: inactive
Details: Screen and snack bar still standing as of September 2015
Sound: FM (89.5)
Converted to Digital:
Movie Features:
Offer: Playground, outdoor seating, indoor seating, video games
Notes: The name comes from the large amounts of leaf tobacco grown in this area of North Carolina in the 1950s
Policy: 10 and under are free. Open 4 dayswk in the fall and winter

Theater Timeline

1950    Grand opening of original drive-in
1953    Drive-In closes and is torn down for new U.S. 52 highway
1954    Mount Airy News indicates plans to rebuild the Bright Leaf
1955    Newly built drive-in opens on another stretch of U.S. 52
2004    Last year of first-run operation
2005    Former owner Don Davis dies, age 69
2005    New owners Dwayne and Hope Hemrick reopen the drive-in
2007    Drive-in speakers are removed from the lot
2010    FInal night of operation


  • owners
    D. Davis
    unknown - unknown
    Dwayne And Hope Hemrick
    2010 - current
  • operators
    Dwayne And Hope Hemrick
    2010 - current

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