Columbia Land Sold for New Drive-in Theater


A drive-in movie theater is planned to be built on a 67-acre site near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Martin Murray and Joe Barth paid $350,000 for the property at 1420 Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia, according to NAI Avant.

“The new owners plan to develop the property into a drive-in movie theater, the first one built in our local community in nearly 25 years,” the commercial real estate company said in a press release announcing the sale.

According to Cinema Treasures, about 360 drive-in theaters are operating in the United States, down from some 4,000 in the 1960s.

Barth also is the owner of Highway 21 Drive-In, a two-screen theater just off U.S. 21 about 1.5 miles from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. The Beaufort theater opened in 1978. It closed in 2003 and reopened in 2004.


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