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I uploaded the correct aerial. The other one is for the Vista DI. It needs to be removed.
Uploaded Aerials from 1958 and 2012.
Uploaded the opening day ad from April 1 1953. In Jan 3, 1957 it was sold by Berk Kruingold to Cinema Circuit.
I think there is some confusion between the Sunset and Elk Drive-Ins here.
Here is a nice slide show of the history
Here is the Fire Truck picture
A few pictures from driveins.com
When I researched this DI it is listed as 1526 Parkview. But, if you look at the maps it is located at 1206 Alabama St… Parkview is Side Street that runs parallel north of Alabama St. I was thinking the street name was changed years ago. I called the St Joe City street deptment about the addresses. I talked to a gentleman that used to go to the drive-in in the late 1950’s. He said the Parkview address might have been a mailing address? Maybe it is a misprint on advertising and nobody bother to change it. He said 1206 Alabama is the correct address for the drive-in. Also, he said there is other address’s in St. Joe that are off also like that.
Picture of the projection booth
A few pictures
@JeffNrtn That is the only picture I have. I don’t know for sure that is the Dennis..my thinking it is. It is very early because they don’t have in-a-car speakers yet. Remember the drive-in could have changed and as kids you look at everything different.
More information here
Article from April 14,1950
So it would have been at the south west corner of the intersection of NE Stadium Way and SE Nevada St.
Here is aerial view
I got one of the pictures, could not find the other one.
You can still see some the parking ramps yet.