The Eden Drive-In reopened Friday evening for a double feature. Although it’s considered a theater and subject to North Carolina’s COVID-19 restrictions, the drive-in received permission from Gov. Roy Cooper’s office to reopen as long as it follows social-distancing guidelines, it said on Facebook.
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A ribbon of about 100 cars and trucks — many tricked out with mattress-lined flatbeds and barbecue grills — waited in line for gates to open at North Carolina’s oldest operating drive-in, built in 1949.
By the time the sun gave way to a violet and terra cotta dusk, the lot was filled to its limit, 200 vehicles, with all spaced 6 feet apart along a grassy terraced lot.