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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Seabreeze Drive-In
(January 1, 1951 – October 26, 1957)

Few current residents even know Mount Pleasant had a drive-in theater. When the Seabreeze Drive-In opened on January 1, 1951, the town had a population of less than 9,000. The population today is about 70,000. The Seabreeze Drive-in was located near the Fork Restaurant and the Dairy Queen on U.S. Highway 17, now known as Coleman Boulevard. It was operated by Roy Ferguson and Bill Talbert. It had a car capacity of 385 cars. It closed in December, 1954 and reopened on March 27, 1955 with a new CinemaScope system.

One funny story about the Seabreeze Drive-In appeared in Charleston’s News and Courier on January 24, 1956. The article read, “An obscene film charge was thrown out of court in Mount Pleasant yesterday because no on would admit having seen the alleged ‘shocker.’ Magistrate Paul A. Foster dismissed W.F. Harris, manager of the Seabreeze Drive-In Theater charged with showing an obscene film, on grounds of insufficient evidence.” I suppose the story wasn’t funny to Mr. Harris. An earlier article stated that a special screening of the film, “Untamed Mistress” was held so that defense attorneys could see the film before the hearing.

Azalea Auto Theatre

On August 9, 1957 the drive-in opened under new management as the Azalea Auto Theater. It closed in October.

News and Courier - August 9, 1957


News and Courier - December 31, 1950

News and Courier - March 27, 1955



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USGS Topographical Map - Seabreeze Drive-In location

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