This Big Screen Lights the Greenwood Sky

Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, cars fill a grassy lot. Families, friends, and couples pile out to enjoy some entertainment. Children play on the playground and run through a large field while others order food from a restaurant that serves American favorites including bacon cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, and fries. And popcorn!

This restaurant is located between two big screens that play the latest movies. Though the restaurant opens early, the movies start just after sunset. With digital projectors and audio that streams through your car radio, you can enjoy a double- or triple-feature in the privacy of your own car. And at a steal! Tickets are only $8 per adult and $4 per child (3-11).

This drive-in movie theater began in the 1930s and ran through the summer of 1999, when it closed. Until Tommy and Carolyn McCutcheon purchased the theater in 2010, the screen remained dark, although the fields were used for other activities such as paintball.

Since the McCutcheons acquired the theater, it has become a Greenwood mainstay. They added a second screen and a wide variety on their restaurant menu. One screen typically offers two or three children's movies while the other screen offers the latest action thriller, although the offering changes weekly.

In addition to the movies that are open to the public, the theater is available for rent for private events during the week. The drive-in theater also participated in a live cast of Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, bringing this concert experience closer to Upstate fans.

For more information about the theater and to see this weekend's movie schedule, visit

*Photos provided by the drive-in theater.

Jamie Gillenwater works as a technical communication consultant for Transcend Text, LLC. Her writing focuses on her Upstate community, technical communication, and corporate training. She is an active member of the Society for Technical Communication's Carolina chapter, Connect Young Professionals, and the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Women's Leadership Council.