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North 1 Drive-In, 8757 Two Notch Road: 1980s   13 comments

Posted at 8:17 pm in Uncategorized

The North 1 Drive-In was on Two Notch road, though not as far out as I had remembered. However the area, between Alpine Road and Spring Valley was pretty much the boonies when I was growing up -- in fact the "1" in "North 1" is for US Highway #1. Two Notch did technically extend that far out, but people thought of that area by "highway" not a named road. The same still applies, I think, to Elgin though that may change as Columbia continues to sprawl.

As I think I said somewhere else, I only went to one drive-in as a kid, and I'm pretty sure it was on the coast somewhere. At any rate, by the time I was in high school, North had gone porno. That made it impossible to go to officially of course, though there were rumors among the kids that if you went to the right spot in the woods, you could see in.

I'm not sure when the place finally closed, though Dennis, who pointed out the location to me in a comment thinks it was about 20 years ago, which would be 1989-ish.

The pictures (aside from the Sunday 15 April 1973 ad from The State) are taken from Two Notch going down the old theater drive to the health club now built on the old North lot. It was one of those miserable rainy days we've had lately, so they're pretty subdued.

Written by ted on March 17th, 2009

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  1. Wow this is cool. I rarely went that far out Two Notch I never even knew about this place. It had to have been longer ago than 89.

    Mr. Bill

    18 Mar 09 at 8:54 am

  2. I have a membership at this New Life Fitness World - there's a stone in the wall that says it was built in 1989.


    18 Mar 09 at 9:15 am

  3. I'm thinking that the North 1 might have been closed even further back, maybe as far as '81.


    18 Mar 09 at 9:30 am

  4. It was not always porn. I remember going to see Gone With the Wind with my parents back in the early to mid 70s.


    18 Mar 09 at 11:05 am

  5. you sure it wasn't bone with the wind. Sorry couldn't resist that one.

    Mr. Bill

    18 Mar 09 at 12:38 pm

  6. I think I saw that movie. The star was Rhett Buttler.


    18 Mar 09 at 7:37 pm

  7. 3 Classic films...........$5/car load.


    18 Mar 09 at 9:18 pm

  8. haha that's a good one badger.

    Mr. Bill

    19 Mar 09 at 12:59 pm

  9. When my nephews were little they would call each other butler cause they thought it was a naughty word.

    Mr. Bill

    19 Mar 09 at 1:01 pm

  10. When we were around 16,17 yrs old (1978 or so) we would park on the road next to the fence & walk over beneath the lights. After awhile we would see some men walking towards us and we would flee. Wish someone had a video of us. We must have looked hilarious.


    23 Mar 09 at 3:11 am

  11. I used to live in Elgin in the late 70's and early 80's. I would drive past the North 1 on my way home at night. The audio for the movies was broadcast over radio to the cars (instead of the wired speakers drive-ins originally had). For a cheap laugh, you could tune in the porno movie soundtrack as you drove by and listen in for a moment.


    16 Apr 09 at 9:29 am

  12. Closed about 1981 and demolished - sat vacant until New Life acquired the property in the late 80s.


    30 Oct 09 at 8:38 pm

  13. Somewhere I have a photograph I took of the North 1 sign when it was open. In high school a group of us would go from Irmo to the drive in and I know they didn't check for age. We'd drink beer in the cars and go to the concession stand. I recall it had very little to offer.


    16 Jul 18 at 8:50 pm

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