20th Century Drive-In

2900 N. Dale Mabry Highway,
Tampa, FL 33607

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Nunzienick on September 25, 2010 at 4:07 am

Thanks Dick! It’s great to know someone else from this area also remembers the 20th Century. The lack of comments from the locals amazes me. You would think with the thousands who frequented these theaters there would be at least a few more comments.

Punk trees…so that’s what they’re called! I see them just about every day when driving down Beach street. I think there are also several along the property bordering Himes Ave. They sure do bring back memories of the 20th Century whenever I see them.

Thanks for remembering Biff Burger. I wasn’t certain what it was but now I can envision the Biff Burger sign on Dale Mabry. I also recall a playground directly behind the burger stand. You had a nice view of the screen from there!

Richard Wheeler
Richard Wheeler on September 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Thanks for the discussion of the 20th Century Drive-In Theatre!

One remnant of the 20th Century Drive-In Theatre still remains: During its development, the owners planted a long row of punk trees around the theatre property to obscure the screen from the neighborhood. (Punk trees were tall and narrow, with peeling bark, and looked a little like birch trees.) That row of punk trees along Beach Street still exists on the apartment village campus. These trees go back to the founding of the drive-in.

The hamburger stand on Dale Mabry near the entrance road to the theatre was a Biff Burger. There was also another Biff Burger next to Plant High School.

Thanks again for a great discussion!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 26, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Man,you know i will,i got off early from work and have been on since.Hope things are going great with life.

Nunzienick on May 26, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Glad you enjoyed them Mike. I’m sure glad I saved them. I had about 50 programs of 50s & 60s films I had saved from the RITZ THEATRE that I ended up giving to my little cousin about 45 years ago (really bad mistake) since I’m sure she trashed them within a few weeks. And now I don’t have a single one from the RITZ. I’m kicking myself every time I think about it. What I wouldn’t give to have those little film programs today…!!

I posted a message on the Imperial page alerting tlsloews and Robin and other interested parties about the 20th Century programs. Make sure you check Tampa’s theatres daily since I’m planning (hopefully) to post something everyday on at least one theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 26, 2010 at 7:30 pm

I hope you have some way of letting Robin and Tlsloews know to look at the handbills. I just go over all my theatres.so that is how i catch them.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 26, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I told you when my dad and me would stop in WASHINGTON,GA. at a hot dog stand,they had those same programs for the WILKES THEATRE in that city,{onCT} and i collected them too.Boy, would i love to have tose old programs. Well, not to brag,cause Tlsloews might read this, but on the program May 12-15 i have all three one sheets.“COLD TURKEY”,“HAWAIIANS”,and “TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA” Why a Dick Van Dyke movie would play before Clint Eastwood is odd.Newer release?
I have an 8by10 still of “EYE OF THE CAT”.On Nov.25-28 have both of those one sheets,“BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES” and “SICILIAN CLAN” rather strange double feature. I have the “GOODBYE,COLUMBUS” one sheet in great condition.I notice the features that night were given the R rating.“LOVE STORY” was GP rated. I guess since “GOODBYE,COLUMBUS” was R,they when R for the night. I bet today “GOODBYE,COLUMBUS” would PG.Those 4 Steve McQueen hits are fantastic,What a line up of his work. Dog,I miss those days. Thanks so much Nick.If no one else enjoys them, you know you made my night.

Nunzienick on May 26, 2010 at 3:28 am

Photo of booth dated 1964 when new equipment was installed. Thanks to Mike Rogers of Augusta who spotted the photo in Boxoffice:
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Programs from 1960s-1970s:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 26, 2010 at 2:24 am

Nick,through the years,before cinema treasures we were both sending movie ads in the mail,I know he will have some on the 20th century.

TLSLOEWS on May 26, 2010 at 2:10 am

Maybe he did then you can send them all to me.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 26, 2010 at 2:01 am

Nick,will you be adding newspaper ads here too.Hope you didn’t send them all to me.

TLSLOEWS on March 7, 2010 at 1:21 am

Cool Nick I will.

Nunzienick on March 7, 2010 at 1:13 am

I just posted photos of the Auto Park, Floriland, Fun-Lan and Hillsboro Drive-Ins. Also, the Florida, Garden, Palace and Ritz Theatres. Check ‘em out!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 5, 2010 at 11:20 pm

iam not a musical guy.I did like “OLIVER”,but other than that they just drive me crazy. We played “MAME” for one week at NATIONAL HILLS. Lucille Ball and it played one week.Where were old Ladies?

Nunzienick on March 3, 2010 at 12:42 am

Yes I did and they’re great! Thanks for forwarding them to me. Talk about a coincidence. Whoever would have thought you’d end up with letters mentioning the Hillsboro Theatres in Tampa?!

I thought your rip on the problems the little ladies were causing when Sound of Music played was amusing. I never thought about it but that same situation probably occured in many other cities as well.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 3, 2010 at 12:02 am

Did you get the PLITT THEATRE stuff Robin gave me?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 3, 2010 at 12:01 am

Nick, I knew “SOUND OF MUSIC” was one of your favorite,hope you don’t think bad of me for ripping it,but i did from a theater perspective and not film.

Nunzienick on March 2, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Mike, My fault…I jumped the gun! I submitted the Dale Mabry last night and figured it would post today but it hasn’t. I guess it’s still with the CT editors. This morning under “new theatres” the newest one was dated 2/28. I submitted mine on 3/1 so it should turn up soon…keep watching.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 2, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Nick, I can’t find the Dale Mabry on CT,i have been looking,but my search comes up negative.

Nunzienick on March 2, 2010 at 10:16 am

Mike, I will! And the Dale Mabry is now finally up.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 2, 2010 at 12:59 am


Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 24, 2010 at 12:04 am

You guessed it on BIll. I have pictures from SKYVEIW,WEIS,HILLTOP Drive-ins and Daniel Village,so hope when I send them to her she will put them on.

TLSLOEWS on February 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Yeah the boat sinks in both versions!

Nunzienick on February 23, 2010 at 4:04 am

Mike, Yes, I certainly have my work cut-out! I wish I could do this research full time…now that would truly be a dream job! Sounds like you had a SUPER time at the reunion. You have a photo of a display from the Hillsboro Triple?!! If you’ll send it down I’ll make a copy and return it.

I’m shocked about Skyland Arts Cinema. I thought I typed the wrong city but in looking at your letter I don’t see Hendersonville listed on the page so I just assumed it was Forest City. Hopefully one of CT’s editors will correct it.

I’ll check out Robin’s photos for Columbia Square…sounds great! From your I have to guess that Barkley is heading south this summer. This should prove interesting!

Mike & tlstoes: for what it’s worth here’s my two cents on Titanic. I enjoyed the 1995 blockbuster mainly for the astounding effects. The documentary-like 1958 version, “A Night To Remember” was and still is my favorite movie about the disaster. So there you go!