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NYozoner commented about City Drive-In on Jan 25, 2011 at 5:08 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 25, 2011 at 1:14 am

@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 11:16 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 10:55 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 10:29 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 10:25 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 9:55 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.

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NYozoner commented about Dover Drive-In on Jan 24, 2011 at 7:53 pm

/theaters/33419/

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

<a href=http://flic.kr/p/9cXMxA>Here is a 1957 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

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NYozoner commented about Suburban Drive-In on Jan 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

U.S. 41 & Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34207

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. The heading address is off by several blocks to the east.

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

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NYozoner commented about Bel-Air Drive-In on Jan 24, 2011 at 11:44 am

5157 Reidsville Rd, Walkertown, NC 27051

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

Here is a link to a Facebook fan page for the Bel-Air that has over 1,500 members. Walkertown misses their drive-in, which opened in 1955 and was shuttered in 2000.

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NYozoner commented about 90 Drive-In on Jan 24, 2011 at 6:05 am

Lake City Rd & County Road 217, Baldwin, FL 32234

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

here is a 1977 aerial photo showing the location of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

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NYozoner commented about Twinkle Star Drive-In on Jan 24, 2011 at 5:24 am

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

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NYozoner commented about Sunset Drive-In on Jan 24, 2011 at 3:05 am

U.S. 93 & Infanger Ln, Salmon, ID 83467

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

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

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NYozoner commented about Sunset Drive-In on Jan 24, 2011 at 2:19 am

The heading here should be updated to “Also known as Pocatello Drive-In.”

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NYozoner commented about Ohadi Drive-In on Jan 24, 2011 at 1:57 am

8th St & A St, Plummer, ID 83851

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

Here is a 1975 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

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NYozoner commented about Silver Star Drive-In on Jan 24, 2011 at 1:34 am

Yellowstone Ave & Leisure Acres, Osburn, ID 83837

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

Here is a 1977 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

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NYozoner commented about Arco Motor Vu Drive-In on Jan 23, 2011 at 11:07 pm

3200 U.S. 93, Arco, ID 83213

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

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NYozoner commented about 301 Drive-In on Jan 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm

2961 U.S. 301, Waldorf, MD 20601

The above address will map 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 Super 50 Drive-In on Jan 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Here is a 1980 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

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NYozoner commented about Timonium Drive-In on Jan 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Greenspring Dr & Timway Dr, Timonium, MD 21093

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

Here is a 1957 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

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NYozoner commented about Bowl Drive-In on Jan 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Northwood Dr & Alexander Ave, Salisbury, MD 21801

The above address will map 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 Calvert Drive-In on Jan 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Stoakley Rd & Prince Frederick Blvd, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

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

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NYozoner commented about Pocomoke Drive-In on Jan 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm

880 U.S. 13, Pocomoke City, MD 21851

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

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NYozoner commented about Shore Drive-In on Jan 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm

11826 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, MD 21842

The above address will map 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 Allegheny Drive-In on Jan 23, 2011 at 7:45 am

Maryland 135 & Crooks Ave, McCoole, MD 21562

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

Here is a 1966 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.