Drive-in movie theater opens in Tabor City


TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — It’s a throwback to simpler times. An old-fashioned drive-in movie theater has opened in Tabor City.

Stateline Movie Time, located at 3851 Dothan Road, was an idea dreamt up by Sherry Barnes.

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Barnes says she loves kids and wanted to create an affordable way for families to come have fun.

“We need something for the kids and the families,” Barnes said. “We need to get back to wholesome values, we need to get back to some good morals, and I intend to be the very best influence on these children, and help the parents, help the schools, help our community.”

Barnes says she was approved to build a number of houses on the land, but decided to do something a little more rewarding.

“I don’t expect to make a lot of money. That’s not the issue here. The issue is a wholesome family environment,” she said.

She says she did just about everything herself including building the housing for the projector, installing the projector, designing and painting the screen, leveling the ground, and setting up the sound system. All of this while overcoming her own obstacles.

“I was hit by a drunk driver about 3 o’clock in the afternoon. And I spent seven years in surgeries and procedures so I could walk again,” Barnes said.

WWAY asked Barnes what drives her to do this after everything she’s been through. She says it’s simple.

“God gave me a second chance, my passenger wasn’t that lucky. During all the pain and the surgeries, I thought she was luckier than I was,” Barnes said. “But God has his plans. And there’s nothing better in the world to me than little children. And I’d take them all if I could, I probably should’ve had an orphanage. But this way I can give them back.”

Thursday was the grand opening night. Missing Link, which is an animated family adventure, was the first movie shown followed by The Hustle, a PG-13 rated comedy.

Adults are $10 and $8 for senior citizens and veterans, and $5 for kids under five. Stateline Movie Time will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

There will be pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, and popcorn for sale along with Pepsi products.

It is pet-friendly, but dogs must be on a leash.

Barnes has big plans to add even more activities in the future like a playground for the kids and axe throwing for adults.

Buy tickets here.