The 1950’s was the glory days of everything retro. From cars piling in the drive-in on the weekends, getting a full meal delivered straight to your car window (with the server on roller skates included), and rollin’ easy at the roller rink, it’s safe to say this was a simpler time. Today, the amount of drive-ins has slowly dwindled, but if you look hard enough, you can still find this retro nostalgia.
1. Eden Drive-In
The Eden Drive-In gives you all the nostalgia from the Drive-In days of your childhood and teenage years. The theatre is open April-Oct. and shows double features on Friday's and Saturday nights. It has a capacity to hold 200.
2. Frye's Roller Rink, Concord
Grab your roller skates and a date to glide on the shiny hardwood of Frye's Roller Rink. Operating for sixty-five years, it will be just like the skate night days of your childhood.
3. Badin Road Drive-In Theatre, Albermarle
The Badin Drive In keeps it classic by operating as a cash only drive-in. Come out on the weekends for a double feature, snuggle up on a blanket on the lawn or stay in your car for an old school experience.
4. Short Sugar's Pit Bar-B-Q
Short Sugars looks about the same today as it did in the picture above. As one of the best BBQ joints found in North Carolina, and opened since 1949, you'll get a vintage feel and delicious barbecue here.
5. Sunset Drive-In, Shelby
As one of the few drive-ins still remaining, Sunset Drive-In gives you the traditional drive-in experience for a fun weekend idea.
6. Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre
As North Carolina's oldest drive-in theatre, Raleigh Road Theatre was once named the Moon-Glo, which opened July 15th 1949.
7. Bar-B-Q King Drive In, Charlotte
This West Charlotte classic opened in 1959 and brings back all of the drive-in nostalgia. It was even featured on the TV show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
8. Rocky's Grill and Soda Shop, Brevard
Rocky's will make you feel like you should have brought that vintage poodle skirt with you. With a genuine soda shop atmosphere, Rocky's is a must stop for your next coke float and fries.
You can find this vintage roller rink in two locations, Hudson and Lowell. Kate's has been 'rolling since 1961.'
10. Pike's Old Fashioned Soda Shop, Charlotte
If you've seen Shallow Hal, you've seen Pike's. Stop by for an inventive, delicious milkshake.
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