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Adventures in Roadside Archaeology - Georgia's Oldest Drive-In Theater

Jesup Drive-In Theater, US Rt. 301, Jesup, GA

Traveling home along US Route 301 from Tybee Island, we came across the Jesup Drive-In, the oldest in Georgia.

Opened in 1948 as the Family Drive-In, the single screen theater closed for a short time in the late 1960’s. In 1970, the drive-in added a second screen and re-opened as the Jesup Twin Drive-In.

In 2012, the theater dropped its old carbon arc projectors, upgraded to digital, and was rechristened the Jesup Drive-In.

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his place has several things that increase it’s coolness factor - first run films at $5 a head, a great multi color neon sign (photo borrowed from Facebook), it’s Georgia’s oldest drive-in, Georgia’s only year-round drive-in, and maybe best of all - retro attired car hops that bring your food to your car.