Drive-In Movie Theater coming to Cayce's Historic Columbia Speedway
Project Manager Laura Ros thinks the new drive-in will be able to cater to people of all ages from throughout the Midlands.
What's Next Midlands is a platform for people to share ideas to make Columbia more tourist friendly.
By: Terrance Singleton
The Midlands have been growing rapidly in the last few years and this summer another attraction is coming to Cayce.
What's Next Midlands is a platform for people to send in ideas that can move the area forward. The organization voted to bring a temporary drive-in movie theater to Cayce for the summer.
The drive-in will be at the Historic Columbia Speedway. From the 1950s to the 1970s, the Speedway played host to some of NASCAR's greatest drivers, like Richard Petty. Now, the Speedway will provide movies to Midlands families.
What's Next Midland's Project Manager Laura Ros thinks that the drive-in theater will help give the Midlands a different look.
"For us its the first family friendly project we have done. So I think that has a bunch of opportunity for people in the area. A lot of times we get comments about how there are all these exciting things happening in the Main Street corridor but not for kids. So were excited to bring something new," said Ros.
People are also excited for this new attraction. Katelin Dunn, of West Columbia, says that this is a great idea and that if the drive-in movie theater was here before she would have definitely went. And even students at the University of South Carolina are really excited to come to the theater.
"I think it's a cool concept. It's a different concept for Coulmbia and I think it would bring a new dimension to Columbia," said Jacob Windham.
Ros thinks it is very important to get people from all over Midlands to this new attractions.
"Anytime that we can connect Lexington County and Richland County we see that as a positive. We want to be able to include the Midlands...So it's fun to be able to bring some of our downtown crowd to Lexington County," said Ros.
The venue will hold around 300 cars and will hold a 55-foot screen. The drive-in movie theater is expected to be ready by the summer and will offer a variety of theme night movies.