Back in the “old days,” during the 1950’s, the state of South Carolina was home to over seventy drive-in movie theaters. Just like what has happened in every other state in the country, a large amount of these drive-in theaters have closed down their operations. Today, only three outdoor movie theaters exist in South Carolina: the 25 Drive-in Auto Theatre, the Highway 21 Drive-in, and the Monetta Drive-in Theatre, which is perhaps the state’s most famous drive-in. Thanks to these three drive-ins, people in the state can still experience the fun of watching movies from their car. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Highway 21 Drive-in

Highway 21 Drive-in
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The Highway 21 Drive-in theater has been in operation since the year 1978. The grounds feature two massive outdoor movie screens that are used to typically screen double features of first-run films year-round, and occasionally shows triple features on the two screens. The drive-in is able to accommodate up to five hundred cars for a showing. The Highway 21 is usually only open during the weekends during its off-season in the fall and winter. During the peak months of spring and summer, the drive-in is open seven days a week. There is a concession stand on the grounds as well.

55 Parker Dr, Beaufort, SC 29906, Phone: 843-846-4500

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2.25 Drive In Auto

25 Drive In Auto
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The 25 Drive-in Auto Theatre first opened back in the year 1955. The outdoor movie venue has been closed and opened again a number of times of the years, by multiple different owners. Originally a single screen drive-in theater, the 25 Drive-in now contains two massive outdoor movie screens, making it now a twin drive-in theater. The 25 Drive-in Auto Theatre is open throughout the entire year, providing an outdoor movie experience for the whole family no matter what the season. The drive-in now features a third screen, and serves hand-patted burgers and house-made BBQ with covered patio dining.

3109 Highway 25 South, Greenwood, SC 29646, Phone: 864-942-9871

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3.Monetta Drive-in Theatre

Monetta Drive-in Theatre
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The Monetta Drive-in Theatre, also known by the name of “The Big Mo’,” originally opened on April 26 of 1951. The outdoor movie theaters uses digital projection to screen first-run films, and uses FM radio to broadcast the audio for the movies. The Monetta is open seasonally, beginning in March and operating through the month of September. Occasionally it is open on Thursdays, but movies are generally only shown on the three large outdoor screens during the weekends. There is a play area where children can spend time before the movie starts. The drive-in only accepts cash and pets are allowed.

5822 Columbia Hwy North, Monetta, SC 29105, Phone: 803-685-7949

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More Ideas: The Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw

The Center for Birds of Prey is located in Awendaw and is also known as the Avian Conservation Center. As part of a three division initiative, the Center for Birds of Prey is dedicated to accommodating and taking care of a variety of birds of prey and educating the general public about these birds.

In September 1991, the Charleston Raptor Center was officially founded with the intent to raise awareness about birds and the need for bird conservation. Four years after the Charleston Raptor Center opened, it changed its name to the South Carolina Center for Birds of Prey. This name change also signified the Center’s growing educational and accommodation efforts. The Center changed its name, yet again, in 2004 to the Avian Conservation Center. This time, the Center created an initiative with three different divisions to encompass a different theme and purpose. The three divisions are known as the: Avian Medical Center, South Carolina Oil Spill Treatment Facility, and Center for Birds of Prey.

Operating every day, regardless of weather and holidays, the Avian Medical Center has over 60 specially trained and educated members who are dedicated to treating birds. Typically, the Avian Medical Center takes care of around 600 birds annually. Since 2004, the Avian Medical Center has treated and released more than 7,000 birds of prey.

One of the main features of the Avian Conservation Center is the South Carolina Oil Spill Treatment Facility. This facility is dedicated to treating animals, specifically birds, who have been impacted and possibly harmed by oil spills. As of 2005, the South Carolina Oil Spill Treatment Center has been the only official initiative taken against oil spills along the East Coast.

Together, each of the three initiatives have come together to preserve wildlife and educate the general public.

The Center for Birds of Prey is basically one huge attraction. Inside the Center for Birds of Prey, visitors will be able to see a variety of distinct areas that are small and offer a certain view or glimpse of an animal. Since the layout of the Center for Birds of Prey is designed like a college campus, visitors are allowed to explore virtually every nook and cranny. It’s important to note that even though majority of the exhibits are outside in natural elements and habitats, visitors are only allowed to explore the Center for Birds of Prey on foot.

While exploring the Center for Birds of Prey, visitors will have the opportunity to see a variety of species, such as eagles, hawks, and owls. Aside from native North American birds, visitors will be able to get up close and personal with exotic birds that come from every region of the world.

One of the highlighted attractions at the Center for Birds of Prey is the flight demonstration program. During the flight demonstration program, visitors will get an exclusive look at how certain birds soar high in the sky, glide, and dive back down to the ground. Visitors often regard the flight demonstration as the most memorable and unique experience at the Center for Birds of Prey. It’s important to note that while flight demonstrations are offered Thursday through Saturday, they might be abruptly canceled due to weather, an emergency, or a special event.

Another highlighted exhibit is Owl Wood. Owl Wood is a gated exhibit that allows visitors to get up close and personal with some of the most tranquil birds. A variety of owls are spread out among Owl Wood in elegant and refined habitats that mimic what their habitats would typically look like within nature. One of the coolest things about Owl Wood is the free-flight programs that occur on a daily basis and the variety of day and night owl-based programs. Owl Wood is funded by the Spaulding Paolozzi Foundation and is specifically named after and dedicated to the Countess Alicia Paolozzi.

For more information about any of the attractions at the Center for Birds of Prey, check out the Center’s official website.

The Center for Birds of Prey offers a variety of educational opportunities for people of all ages. Since exploring the Center for Birds of Prey is a general educational opportunity within itself, the Center mainly focuses on classes, live presentations, and guided tours. Guided tours are the most popular educational program at the Center because they allow visitors to explore the animals and facility in an in-depth and exclusive way.

If you’re interested in learning more about the educational opportunities at the Center for Birds of Prey, check out their website, or contact them during their hours of operation.

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4719 Highway 17N, Awendaw, SC 29429, Phone: 843-971-7474

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More Ideas: Pettigru Place Bed & Breakfast

Set in a beautifully preserved Federal-style home in the historic Pettigru District in the heart of downtown Greenville, Pettigru Place Bed & Breakfast is charming abode that offers refined accommodations, modern amenities, and gracious hospitality. Nestled in a neighborhood of tree-lined streets, the guest house is ideally placed for exploring Greenville’s Pettigru Historic District and is only a short walk from the shops and restaurants on the vibrant Main Street.

Built in the early 20th century, the warm red brick Federal Style home in which Pettigru Place is housed features beautifully appointed common rooms, six individually furnished guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms, whirlpool or clawfoot tubs, cozy fireplaces and private balconies.

Guests are treated to a gourmet breakfast in the elegant dining room every morning, and complimentary amenities include afternoon wine and cheese and beverages throughout the day. A blooming English with outdoor seating is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy some peace and tranquility.

Pettigru Place Bed & Breakfast features six individually furnished guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms, whirlpool or clawfoot tubs, cozy fireplaces and private balconies. Each of the luxurious guest rooms boasts its own distinctive style and character with charming country-style décor and modern amenities. Private en-suite bathrooms have marble rain showers, Jacuzzi soaking tubs, luxurious bathrobes, and organic bath products and elegant sitting areas feature comfortable furnishings, and modern amenities, including flat-screen televisions with cable channels, air-conditioning, and complimentary wireless Internet.

The Swan's Gate Room is a spacious corner room with a mahogany four-poster king-sized bed with custom-made bedding, en-suite bathroom with a marble shower, two-person Jacuzzi tub, plush bathrobes and organic bath amenities, and sitting area with two wing back chairs and a cozy electric fireplace.

The Green Rabbit Room is a newly designed and renovated room decorated in soft green hues and rabbit-inspired artworks. The room features a king-sized wrought iron bed and deluxe linens, a comfortable sitting area with a desk and chair, wood burning fireplace and flat screen televisions and an en-suite bathroom has an air-jetted soaking tub and tiled shower. A private porch has a large sofa, two armchairs, and lovely views.

The Plum Blossom Room is decorated in a chic black and white color palette with touches of red and gold and features an antique bed with luxe linens, and a fully renovated bathroom with a custom tiled shower and cast iron claw foot tub. A charming sitting room has a work desk, a comfy chair, and modern amenities, including flat-screen televisions with cable channels, air-conditioning, and complimentary wireless Internet. A private porch features a swinging bench and two armchairs with beautiful views over the front garden.

Boasting an African theme in hues of browns and golds, the Brass Giraffe Room is located on the first floor and features an iron queen-size four-poster bed, and a private spa bathroom with a large two-person rainforest shower.

The Rosamunde Room a sunny corner room with a queen-size mahogany poster bed in deluxe linens, an en-suite tiled bathroom with an antique claw-foot tub and separate walk-in shower, and a cozy sitting area with a work desk and two arm chairs.

The Chantilly Room is a cozy, intimate room in reds and gold hues with a queen-size bed in deluxe linens, a nice bathroom with a shower/tub combination, and modern amenities.

A gourmet breakfast is served every morning in the sunny breakfast room and features delicious delights such as Banana Bread Pudding, Gingerbread Pancakes served with cooked apples, and Cajun Poached Eggs with Andouille Hollandaise, accompanied by freshly brewed coffee and hot teas.

Pettigru Place Bed & Breakfast offers an array of amenities akin to those of a luxury hotel, including a Keurig coffee and tea bar serving beverages throughout the day, along with a cookie jar with homemade cookies, and a refrigerator fully stocked with bottled water and sodas.

Other luxury amenities range from wine, cheese, and fresh grapes served in the garden each afternoon, a complimentary gourmet breakfast served each morning and complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the entire house and gardens.

Guests can enjoy flexible check in and check out times and free parking on the property and complimentary ‘To Go’ breakfast bags are available for guests leaving before breakfast. Full concierge services include dry cleaning services, securing theater or show tickets, and restaurant reservations.

Greenville is home to many attractions and activities to enjoy, ranging from shopping and fine dining to exploring museums and galleries. Greenville's award-winning Main Street is just a short walk from Pettigru Place Bed & Breakfast and boasts a variety of unique shops and stores, old-fashioned and eclectic offerings, casual cafés and fine dining restaurants. Take in a show at one of the performing arts venues, explore art galleries and take in some history in one of the several museums. Outdoor activities include renting bikes, hiking the Swamp Rabbit Trail and enjoying games of baseball and golf.

302 Pettigru Street, Greenville, South Carolina 29601, Phone: 864-242-4529

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