Harpersville tables drive-in approval

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 7, 2006

The Harpersville Council tabled action on a proposed drive-in movie theater Monday night.

Brian Skinner of Argo has proposed to open a drive-in movie theater in the area of the old Evans Flea Market on U.S. Highway 280

He owns a theater in Argo and had been approved to operate a theater in Harpersville by the Planning and Zoning Board.

The next step is to receive council approval.

Skinner said the theater would be located on 10 acres of land.

It would show mostly PG and PG-13 movies and the occasional horror show or war movie.

He said unlike in past, customers won&8217;t place a speaker inside the car but tune their radio dial to an FM channel to receive the movie sound.

Skinner said the Argo drive-in opened in 1998 with &8220;Titanic.&8221;

He said he feels that Harpersville has the same demographics as Argo and the drive-in would draw customers from Childersburg, Sylacauga, Pell City, Clanton and Birmingham.

He also felt the theater would do 30 to 40 percent better than Argo.

Skinner said the theater will cost about $400,000 including the land.

The council tabled action on the proposal Monday night following a public hearing on the matter