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NYozoner commented about RiMar Drive-In on Jan 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm

4137 Clarcona Ocoee Rd, Orlando, FL 32810

The above address maps more accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is visible on Google Earth using historic aerial imagery.

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NYozoner commented about Family Twin Drive-In on Jan 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

This drive-in was open at least as early as 1967, and probably even sooner. The 1969 opening date in the heading is incorrect.

Here is a January 1968 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

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NYozoner commented about Family Twin Drive-In on Jan 26, 2011 at 11:56 am

U.S. 129 & 102nd Terrace, Live Oak, FL 32060

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. The address in the heading was off to the north by about half a mile.

Here is a USGS topo map noting the location of the drive-in, courtesy of MSRMaps.com.

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NYozoner commented about Family Twin Drive-In on Jan 26, 2011 at 11:47 am

Just noticed a typo in the heading, “also known as Fanily Drive-In.”

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NYozoner commented about University Drive-In on Jan 25, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Here is a 1970 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerial.com.

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NYozoner commented about Southside Drive-In on Jan 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Here is a 1960 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

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NYozoner commented about Skyview Drive-In on Jan 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Here is a 1960 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

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NYozoner commented about Oceanway Drive-In on Jan 25, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Here is a 1960 aerial view of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

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NYozoner commented about Midway Drive-In 1 & 2 on Jan 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm

8808 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is now another Wamart monstrosity.

Here is a 1970 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

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NYozoner commented about Main Street Drive-In on Jan 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm

5752 Main St N, Jacksonville, FL 32208

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in.

Here is a 1960 aerial view of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

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NYozoner commented about Fox Drive-In on Jan 25, 2011 at 10:11 pm

7777 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32221

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is visible on Google Earth using historic aerial imagery.

The drive-in property itself is occupied by The Oaks At Normandy Apartments, a Publix is built on the propery which fronted between the drive-in and the Normandy Blvd.

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NYozoner commented about Atlantic Drive-In on Jan 25, 2011 at 9:37 pm

5854 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which operated from 1939-75.

The drive-in was known as the Jacksonville Drive-In from 1939-45, so an “also known as” should be added to the heading.

1960 aerial photo courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

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NYozoner commented about Airbase Drive-In on Jan 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm

U.S. 17 & Baracoa St, Jacksonville, FL 32244

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which was on the west side of US 17.

Here is a 1960 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

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NYozoner commented about Arrow Drive-In on Jan 25, 2011 at 4:57 am

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

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NYozoner commented about Dragon Drive-In on Jan 25, 2011 at 3:59 am

17155 NW US Highway 441, High Springs, FL 32643

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in.

Here is a USGS topo map noting the location of the drive-in east of town on US 441.

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NYozoner commented about Citrus Drive-In on Jan 25, 2011 at 3:49 am

1155 N Florida Ave, Hernando, FL 34442

The mapping will work with either Inverness or Hernando, as long as the 3442 zip code is used. The drive-in was about midway between both towns.

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NYozoner commented about Citrus Drive-In on Jan 25, 2011 at 3:45 am

1155 N Florida Ave, Inverness, FL 34442

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is vaguely visible using Google Earth historic aerial imagery. You can make out the shape of the parking area, and the entrance/exit driveways are easy to spot.

The earliest aerial photos available for this location are from 1977, and the resolution of the photos was too low to provide conclusive evidence for the drive-in, but the location matches up with exactly with description offered by the local historian below the theatre heading.

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NYozoner commented about City Drive-In on Jan 25, 2011 at 2:14 am

U.S. 41 & Winkler Ave is the same as 3920 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33901.

I try to use intersections when practical, since road numbers can sometimes throw of the mapping features on certain mapping websites or programs.

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NYozoner commented about City Drive-In on Jan 25, 2011 at 2:08 am

Cleveland Ave at McGregor Blvd takes me to the center of downtown Fort Myers, and I did not see a footprint anywhere near there.

4700 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33907 puts my Google Earth on S. Cleveland Ave near N Airport Rd, near the Fort Myers Airport.

This is what I have documented for Fort Myers, there are four addresses which have been verified as drive-ins through aerial photos:

City Drive-In – U.S. 41 & Winkler Ave, Fort Myers

Northside Drive-In – 2521 N Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers

Southside (AKA Starlite) Drive-In – 13972 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers

Twilight Drive-In – 3901 Dr Martin Luther King Blvd, Fort Myers

The Northside Drive-In is the only one visible using Google Earth imagery, to the best of my knowledge.

There may have been a fifth drive-in, Lincoln Drive-In, which I am still researching.

Also, why are you calling me Brad? My name is Rick.

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NYozoner commented about City Drive-In on Jan 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm

@Chuck: If you are referring to the area on the east side on Cleveland near N Airport Rd, I do not see a footprint there. It looks like the runway used to extend all the way to Cleveland Ave, and was shortened. The leftover property was graded off, but I do not see any remains for a drive-in there in current aerials, or the aerials I reviewed from 1958 and 1960.

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NYozoner commented about Southside Drive-In on Jan 24, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Good news and bad news.

The bad news is that aerial photos from 1958 and 1960 showed no drive-in at or near the location listed above, which is currently the site of the Isuzu dealership.

The good news is that a USGS topo map reveals the drive-in to be on the east side of the road, at:

13972 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL 33912

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which was across the highway from the Isuzu dealership.

Here is a 1978 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

No drive-in gets left behind!

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NYozoner commented about Dover Drive-In on Jan 24, 2011 at 7:55 pm

The trick to Earth Explorer is to use images with the best resolution, a scale of 15000-30000 will produce acceptable results. The lower the scale, the higher the resolution. Even at a scale of 60000, a drive-in can be spotted fairly easily with a shape eye that knows where and what to look for.

Another issue is that when you download the photos, they are not “north” corrected automatically. You will need to rotate them with your imaging software so it is oriented north up.

Once the north is corrected, I zoom in to enlarge the drive-in, but not too much that I remove distinguishing features from the surroundings, which are necessary to match up the photo with more modern aerials, so I can obtain an exact current location.

If it wasn’t challenging, it wouldn’t be as fun!

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NYozoner commented about Dover Drive-In on Jan 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm

14550 E Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dover, FL 33527

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is vaguely visible on Google Earth using historic aerial imagery.

Here is a 1957 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

^ Correction to my sloppy post from earlier today.

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NYozoner commented about Dover Drive-In on Jan 24, 2011 at 7:25 pm

@Andy: Sorry about the messed up post above, I must be getting fatigued.

The aerial images are downloaded through <Earth Explorer, a USGS website. It is not as “user friendly” as Google Earth or HistoricAerials.com, but the site offers the capability to download aerial maps for the entire country from the 1940s and up, for virtually any sized community.

The selection of aerials available on Google Earth and HistoricAerials.com is extreamly limiting. If you have the location of the drive-in and know approximate what years it was open (or visible) you should be able to obtain the image you want.

The site is free, there is no cost to download. You will need to become a registered user, again no cost is involved. Just make sure to set the search parameters so that you request “aerial photo single frames” and set the number of searches to at least 100, the default setting is only 10.

Any other questions I can be emailed at:

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NYozoner commented about City Drive-In on Jan 24, 2011 at 6:55 pm

U.S. 41 & Winkler Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33901

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. The address in the heading is off by about 1 mile to the south.

Here is a 1958 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.