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West Columbia Wants A Drive-In …

|| By FITSNEWS ||  A group of citizens in West Columbia, S.C. want a drive-in movie theater – but local officials are allegedly “dragging their feet” on the project. According to a petition filed on Change.org, the proposed theater “would bring 35-40 jobs to the area and thousands of dollars…

|| By FITSNEWS ||  A group of citizens in West Columbia, S.C. want a drive-in movie theater – but local officials are allegedly “dragging their feet” on the project.

According to a petition filed on Change.org, the proposed theater “would bring 35-40 jobs to the area and thousands of dollars in tax revenue as well as a classic way to spend family time in the Midlands.”

It’s also shovel-ready, they say.

“Lexington and surrounding counties need a family friendly entertainment establishment that is affordable and functional for entire families to spend quality time together in a safe and friendly environment,” the petition continued.

So what’s the problem?

According to the petition – which as of this writing has 854 signatures – Lexington County councilman Todd Cullum is stalling the project, and refusing to return phone calls and emails to his office seeking updates.

Hmmmm …

Assuming no tax dollars have been earmarked for this project (and assuming the theater imposes no infringement on the liberties of those living in nearby properties), we see no reason why this project shouldn’t move forward.  Of course Lexington County – and West Columbia in particular – is a hotbed of local government corruption, so who the hell knows what’s up …

Anyway, if any of our sources have information on what’s behind this unfortunate situation please pass it on … and we’ll pass it on to our readers.

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20 comments

TroubleBaby April 8, 2015 at 11:53 am

Going to the “Big Mo” is fun. I’m not sure the area can handle another drive in, even though it’s a 45 minute drive- but certainly anyone trying to start up a business shouldn’t be prohibited from doing so with their own money if it’s not infringing on anyone else’s person/property.

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Squishy123 April 8, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Nothing says fun like sitting in a car when it’s 95 degrees outside, 90% humidity and in mosquito heaven.

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The Colonel April 8, 2015 at 12:15 pm

WEST COLUMBIA WANTS A IS A DRIVE-IN THROUGH AREA.

There, fixed it for you.

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John April 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm

^^^This.

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luv big gvt. April 8, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Funny thing is the area being proposed is between the airport and South Congaree, nowhere near West Columbia city limits. So I guess they want to do an annexation of the area before Cayce gets to it so they can jack taxes to people for more good ole by projects. Got a letter in the mail a few days ago telling people to vote no annexation for the proposed Springdale annexations between Hwy 1 and Wilton Rd. They don’t want Springdale to annex that area so they can later on. As a property owner in that area I don’t want either one to annex it. They all just want more tax money, but hey they’ll give me garbage service, what a joke.

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shifty henry April 8, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Remember the days…? On one of my blind dates with a girl from Columbia High, we went to a drive-in movie. It was a terrible date. We could hardly see the movie, I mean the screen was only 9″ wide! When we were leaving was when I realized I had parked backwards and we were trying to watch the movie in the rear view mirror! That was the first and last time I smoked pot…..

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TroubleBaby April 8, 2015 at 6:41 pm

This is going to date me, but the first time I ever went to a drive in I was 12, and the movie playing was John Carpenter’s “The Thing”…fuck if I never wanted to go back to a drive in again. That movie scared the shit out of me.

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shifty henry April 8, 2015 at 7:03 pm

I collected a slew of cd’s from Walmart on what I call the “drive-in” era. They were $1 each, and I found a few of them were not teen-ager fodder but very good films.

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shifty henry April 8, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Remember the days…? One Saturday night two dogs went out on the town. On the way home they took a shortcut through a drive-in theater. They stopped, looked up at the screen, and one turned to other and said, “You know, when we do that they turn the hose on us!”

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jimlewisowb April 8, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Todd Cullum … stalling … project….refusing to return phone calls and emails..”

Must be something in Lexington County water that makes a third rate Cockroach politician act like King Dong

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The Great Googily Moogily April 8, 2015 at 2:26 pm

When this stalls out it will boil down to a NASCAResque rationale that “we dont want to attract those typse of people”

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Aura Green April 8, 2015 at 2:31 pm

I WANT IT AND I WANT IT NOW!!!

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Aura Green April 8, 2015 at 2:35 pm

CALL Mr. Cullum and CUSS him some !

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Rocky April 8, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Seems to me by the mid-80s most drive-ins were reduced to open-air porn theaters. Not sure Columbia needs that. Maybe move it to North Columbia.

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TroubleBaby April 8, 2015 at 6:43 pm

“Seems to me by the mid-80s most drive-ins were reduced to open-air porn theaters.”

Seriously, head over to the Big Mo sometime…I’ve got kids, they love going. It’s a throwback to the good ole days before open air porn drive in’s.

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Aura Green April 8, 2015 at 11:11 pm

I BET THE COLUMBIA CHICKEN FARM PAYS WC UNDER THE TABLE FOR A LOT OF VIOLATIONS TO BE OVERLOOKED.

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Slartibartfast April 9, 2015 at 2:16 am

1955. Starlight Drive-In. La Strada – it was the only place that could show the Fellini film in Columbia. Terrible dubbing. That night I realized the importance of English captions and the horror they create by their absence.

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Ed April 9, 2015 at 8:54 am

Do you know if this is in addition to, or the same, Lexington County drive-in that was reportedly being built 6-9 months ago? God knows they don’t need two.

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rwwllms April 9, 2015 at 11:22 am

Same.

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