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NYozoner commented about East Buffalo Drive-In on Jan 28, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Here is a 1969 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

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NYozoner commented about Cypress Drive-In on Jan 28, 2011 at 10:56 pm

4500 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is currently occupied by Doubletree Hotel Tampa Westshore Airport.

Here is a 1969 aerial photo of the drive-in, which had already been closed for several years. The screen tower facing west is clearly visible, as is its shadow. It appears to have been a very small drive-in.

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NYozoner commented about Bill Alderman's Drive-In on Jan 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Earth Explorer has an aerial photo of this location from October 1, 1950. The resolution is not great, but if there were a permanently constructed drive-in there, it would be clearly visible. It isn’t, which leads me to conclude that this was at best a hack-job drive-in, or temporary set up with no ramps or permanent structures.

Another drive-in located on E Hillsborough Ave and N 22nd St is clearly visible on the same 1950 aerial photo.

If someone decides to take a few sheets of plywood, nail them to a tree, pipe the sound through a stage speaker, and run a projector out of the the kitchen window onto a screen, does that classify it a drive-in? My answer would be, no. Since they only ran ads in the Tampa paper for two weekends, it didn’t seem to be a successful venture.

Here is the 1950 aerial photo, with the arrow pointed toward the intersection of E Hillsborough Ave and N 43rd St, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

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NYozoner commented about Auto Park Drive-In on Jan 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm

3612 Causeway Blvd, Tampa, FL 33619

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. The road was renamed from 22nd St, and the address currently in the heading takes Google Earth somewhere out near Busch Gardens.

Here is a 1969 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

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NYozoner commented about 20th Century Drive-In on Jan 28, 2011 at 9:32 pm

2901 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33607

The above address will map more accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is currently occupied by Arbour Ponds Apartment Homes. The current heading address maps to the adjacent property occupied by K-Mart.

Here is a 1969 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

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NYozoner commented about Perry Drive-In on Jan 28, 2011 at 7:56 pm

@Mike: I’ve seen almanacs which listed the same theatres twice during the same year, so anything is possible. When I was researching New York drive-ins for NewYorkDriveins.com, I made a point to research every newspaper for every location, and found there were several locations doubled up, more so in the almanacs than in the catalogs.

For example, I found the Buffalo Drive-In listed under both Harlem Drive-In and Buffalo Drive-In for the same year. The Buffalo Drive-In was on Harlem Road, and somehow it got doubled up. I’ve also seen the Buffalo Drive-In listed as Route 62 Drive-In, Route 62 being Harlem Road.

Similar situations were found for other drive-ins around the state, too many to mention. The only way to know for certain is to check with a local resident who’s lived in the town at the time the drive-ins were open, or to research the newspaper ads from the microfilm.

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NYozoner commented about Perry Drive-In on Jan 28, 2011 at 11:50 am

@Mike: I wonder if the Community Outdoor Theatre and the Perry Drive-In were one and the same. It was not unusual for drive-ins to change names when they changed operators. The only way to know for certain is to research newspaper microfilm, or check with the local residents. This town didn’t seem large enough for two drive-ins, let alone three.

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NYozoner commented about Starlite Drive-In on Jan 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

This drive-in is visible on Google Earth using historic aerial imagery.

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NYozoner commented about Perry Drive-In on Jan 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

Here is a 1951 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

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NYozoner commented about Graves Drive-In on Jan 28, 2011 at 3:18 am

Found the other drive-in on US 98 south of Perry, have a 1951 aerial photo of it. I will make a listing and post.

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NYozoner commented about Dixie Drive-In on Jan 28, 2011 at 2:56 am

14601 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33176

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is now occupied by a shopping plaza anchored by Publix.

Here is a 1969 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

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NYozoner commented about Park Drive-In on Jan 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I found two drive-ins on the 1956 aerial photos, one to the south of Crestview on S Ferdon Blvd and the other to the west on W James Lee Blvd. Not sure which one in the Park and which one is the Dixie, hoping maybe someone here can shed some light.

The drive-in to the south is definitely the larger of the two, so if I went by car size, the bigger one to the south would have been the Park, and the smaller one to the west would have been the Dixie. But that would just be a guess, and I’d like to have something more solid to go by.

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NYozoner commented about Palatka Drive-In on Jan 27, 2011 at 6:45 am

This may be a double listing, as the Linda Drive-in was also across the street from the same hospital.

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NYozoner commented about University Twin Drive-In on Jan 27, 2011 at 4:18 am

11460 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32817

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. The address in the heading has the correct street address, but the zip code is not correct which throws off the mapping on Google Earth.

Here is a 1980 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

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NYozoner commented about Star Drive-In on Jan 27, 2011 at 3:58 am

It was most definitely an extensive rebuild, and more than a remodeling. The entire concession stand was demolished and relocated to the back of the lot, the original tower was rebuilt for Cinemascope, and a new ticket booth was built further back from the road.

An interesting fact about the Star, the manager mentioned in the article was Jake Stefanon, who left Blatt Brothers in the mid 1960s to purchase his own small-town drive-in near Perry, New York. The Silver Lake Twin Drive-In is still run by the Stefanon family, and has evolved into one of the finest drive-in operations in the country.

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NYozoner commented about Star Drive-In on Jan 27, 2011 at 3:04 am

Joe,

The Star Drive-in opened on October 25, 1947. The Boxoffice Magazine article mentioned in the post above was from a grand reopening, after operations were taken over by Blatt Brothers and they conducted extensive remodeling in 1957. The article was not very specific about those types of details.

This website contains details about the opening of the Star in 1947.

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NYozoner commented about Skylark Drive-In on Jan 27, 2011 at 1:32 am

2701 NE 14th St, Ocala, FL 34470

The above address will map accurately the location of the drive-in. An Auto Zone auto parts store currently occupyies the property.

Here is a 1964 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

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NYozoner commented about Golden Glades Twin Drive-In on Jan 27, 2011 at 12:42 am

According to the grand opening ad posted by Mike Rivest, the drive-in was located on NW 167th St & 34th Ave, which is consistent with the Miami Gardens address, and not was not in North Miami Beach.

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NYozoner commented about Golden Glades Twin Drive-In on Jan 27, 2011 at 12:33 am

3383 NW 167th St, Miami Gardens, FL 33056

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. The street address in the current heading is correct, but the town and zip code throw off the mapping on Google Earth.

Here is a 1980 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

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NYozoner commented about Turnpike Drive-In on Jan 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm

12850 NW 27th Ave, Opa-locka, FL 33054

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which was in Opa-locka, a northern suburb of Miami. The street address in the heading is correct, but the town and zip code are not correct, and throw off the mapping on Google Earth.

Here is a 1969 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

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NYozoner commented about Palm Drive-In on Jan 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Something wacky is going on with this address, as there was no drive-in at that location in the 1961 aerial photos. Does anyone have an idea what side street was closest to this drive-in, on NW 27th Avenue?

There definitely was no drive-in located on the 6000 block of NW 27th Avenue, according to the 1961 aerial photos.

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NYozoner commented about North Dade Drive-In on Jan 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm

17175 NW 27th Ave, Miami Gardens, FL 33056

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which was in Miami Gardens near the Miami-Dade County line. While the street address in the heading is correct, the town and zip code is not.

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NYozoner commented about Le Jeune Drive-In on Jan 26, 2011 at 7:50 pm

1201 NW 42nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. The address currently in the heading is off by almost 4 miles to the northeast.

Here is a 1969 high resolution aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

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NYozoner commented about Coral Way Drive-In on Jan 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Here is a 1969 high resolution close-up photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

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NYozoner commented about 27th Avenue Drive-In on Jan 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Here is a 1969 high resolution close-up photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.