Dale Mabry Drive-In

Dale Mabry Highway at Gandy Boulevard,
Tampa, FL 33611

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Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on April 19, 2016 at 8:37 pm

I can’t say that I remember a young girl with a German Shepard. Probably either before or after my time. I was there from around August ‘69 to February '70. Although I didn’t stay very long I enjoyed the work and especially the people. Wages were not good but there were a few perks. Free movies, free passes for family and friends, free popcorn, and all the soda you could drink.

KRULMS54 on April 19, 2016 at 6:16 pm

Don’t know if you were working when Rosie’s grand daughter walked up there with her dog one night. A german shepherd. That was me I was under 10 years old.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on April 19, 2016 at 5:46 pm

KRULMS54: I worked with Rosie and Mrs. Thom back in 1969 and have fond memories of both ladies. They were the nicest sweetest ladies and a real pleasure to work with. Nice to hear from someone who was close to them. I still think about the time I worked at the Dale Mabry. We ran the cleanest most efficient refreshment stand of all the drive-ins in town. Hard to believe 47 years have since passed.

KRULMS54 on April 18, 2016 at 8:09 pm

Rosie was my Grandmother and Mrs Thom was like a grandmother to me.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on July 23, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Just posted a couple ads for showing of “The Sound of Music” under photos.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on January 13, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Thomas, Since opening in 1949 this theatre has always been called the Dale Mabry Drive-In. Tampa has never had a theatre called Apollo although there is a city called Apollo Beach several miles from Tampa. Maybe you’re thinking of a theatre in that area? Although the Dale Mabry probably did run all the Planet of the Apes films on one evening so it may have been this drive-in you saw them at.

Thomas_Rogers on January 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I can not remember but was this drive inn called Apollo drive in once before they built the jah-lia sports arena and crosstown express or am I think of another place? I remember watching all nite movies Planet of the Apes all of them. Thomas Rogers

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on August 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Thanks for the great program! However, “on our giant panoramic screen” is certainly misleading. The Dale Mabry had a small squarish screen during this time. It wasn’t until 1964 when a larger wide screen was installed.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm

thanks Nick, what a large Drive-in.those apartments fit right in!!!

Nunzienick on April 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Here’s an aerial of the property as it looks today:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 24, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Nick,did you get the ad i sent down.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm

You know I always wanted to see"CASTLE KEEP" I have the one-sheet I got out of the Miller Theatre. I am born on his birthday so I guess I have always been a Burt Lancaster fan.I don’t think “CASTLE KEEP” has ever been out on VHS or DVD.From what I read fans of his just disliked an actor of his staure coming out with an R rated movie,this was the late sixties.John Wayne was smarter,for good or bad,he turned down “DIRTY HARRY”.Those old actors had a group of fans and like John Wayne would say “John Wayne doesn’t to this.”

Nunzienick on June 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I think “Castle Keep” opened first-run at the Loew’s as I seem to remember seeing it there. Never saw “The Gypsy Moths.” Mike, what’s the reason these two may have hurt Lancaster with his fans, the R rating?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm

“The Gypsy Moths” and “Castle Keep” were two back to back R-rated movies that many feel hurt Lancaster with his fans.Nick,they look great.Left you a Thank you on National Hills Theatre.Better to be on CT than in my movie ad collection.

Nunzienick on June 14, 2010 at 7:42 pm

More programs dated 1967 & 1970:
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TLSLOEWS on May 27, 2010 at 11:49 am

Nice vintage ads Nick.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Nick, also included are a few more theatre stories I wrote.They are not as good as your,but they a few cute stories,like the HOOKERS working a Drive-in.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Nick, How are the stories coming. I am sending you some pictures of National Hills after it closed and the MODJESKA in augusta having the Marquee torn down.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm

You are right.nick,did tell me once he finished this long story he too forgot a few stories.I do think had i taken the time like Nick,I wouldn’t have guys from the West coast correcting my dates.I mean you gotta admit it was a screw up to say Columbia1 and 2 opened in 1977,WHEN IT WAS 1976. A little more time looking up facts would have been better.Like Nick. Trying to get TLSLOEWS to write some stuff on Nashville theatres,but he is like me i think in that he doesn’t want to get things wrong about a theatre he worked at. Where is Cathy? Boy.never thought her for the shy one.

robinmitcham on March 18, 2010 at 9:38 pm

But Mike, if you told it all at once you wouldn’t have anything left to say! LOL

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 18, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Yeah, Nick is pretty good at this. You have to wait several weeks,but when he puts something out you just hope most of the CT fans will read it. I should have,and i told nick this the other night over the phone,I should have just sat down and crafted a story about NATIONAL HILLS and Columbia 1 and 2,with the IMPERIAL to a lesser extent because i did not work there as much,And just write one long story instead of 123 posts.

robinmitcham on March 18, 2010 at 6:41 pm

That was a great introduction…best I have seen on here so far!

Nunzienick on March 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Mikeoaklandpark, The last day of operation was 7/14/74. By 1983 I doubt there would have even been any semblance of a drive-in remaining on the property. The apartments were probably already up by then or very close to being finished.

Are you certain you remember the 20th Century on Dale Mabry and Columbus Drive? If you lived here beginning in 1983 it couldn’t have been the 20th Century as it closed on Dec. 5, 1980. Perhaps you’re thinking of another drive-in?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 7, 2010 at 9:08 pm

JULY 14.1974 it closed.it is mention in Nick’s great story. I assume its factual if Nick wrote it, Mikeoaklandpark.