20th Century Drive-In

2900 N. Dale Mabry Highway,
Tampa, FL 33607

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Nunzienick on February 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm

tlsloews, Thanks! I’ll try and keep ‘em coming and hopefully you’ll continue enjoying them. My fear is that they’ll eventually began to sound sort of repetitive which I’m hoping to avoid.

Nunzienick on February 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Chuck, I’m familiar with several theatres you had listed but three of those I have never even heard of! Way before my time I would imagine. These should certainly provide for a very interesting search & find mission! If you have any additional theatres please list them here and I’ll add them to my expanding research project. Thanks!!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 22, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I will be honest with you I never saw Titanic,seemed liked a three hour soap opera from i read about,There was another TITANIC movie i think called “REMEMBER THE NIGHT” i liked it alot better.

TLSLOEWS on February 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm

It was a kind of up-side down movie.Titanic was good too if you have not seen it the boat sinks.!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 22, 2010 at 5:47 pm


TLSLOEWS on February 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm

How many boats can you park there Mike?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm

NICK, ROBIN PUT Columbia 1 and 2 pictures on the CT site for COULMBIA SQUARE CINEMAS!!!!I feel like a six year old CHRISTMAS MORNING! Plz,check them out. OH, I mailed you a letter with some big news on BARKLEY.Boy, are you all in for a fun summer.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Nick, Robin gave me a bunch of old Plitt theatre office memos and one had the Hillsboro Triple with a picture of a display for “MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER”,would you like it? I don’t mind mailing down to you for your collection.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Nick, I know i gave you too many theatres to do! The Skyland Arts Cinema was in Hendersonville,not Forest City,I put notice on that on the Skyland Arts site,so maybe CT will fix the town.Surprized someone on CT didn’t catch it before I did. You STILL ARE the best at getting articles on CT.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Yeah,we met at a Western Film fair back in the 90’s. His favorite movie was 2001 so that did it,plus like me,he had a strange habit, that i honestly thought only Nick and I had about exploring old Drive-ins and old Theatres.A few we were able to get in.Nick and his friend Charlie hit the Flordia backroads and put on a very impressive VHS old Drive-ins and walk-ins open or closed together. I need to get mine on DVD soon.He is a big help putting my chopped up material on CT.

TLSLOEWS on February 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Hey Mike I check out Nicks posts now that I know you know him from the old days,just something in common I quess?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Boy,Nick,i am sorta glad i live in a medium size city,you have your work cut out for you and we are ALL waiting for another story,just wish more CT folks would read your writings.Maybe,they do and don’t comment.

TLSLOEWS on February 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Keep the stories comming ick and Mike.

Nunzienick on February 19, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Chuck, Are the theatres from the Historic Theatres in Tampa website? If so I have all the names and will be working on getting them up. If not let me know and I’ll post my address and you can email the names to me.

Nunzienick on February 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Mike, I’m putting together the story on the Dale Mabry now. I need to find the opening & closing dates at the library which I hope to do tomorrow. It was open before the 20th Century was built and closed in 1972 as I recall. I really didn’t frequent this drive-in very often…it was on the opposite side of town from where I lived. So I wouldn’t normally have much to write about except for the fact that I ended up working there! At least this gives me a few more experiences/incidents to pad the story out. I hate to give a definite date but I’m guessing it should be posted by the middle of next week as long as all goes smoothly.

Charlie was a relief operator and he worked this drive-in at least a couple times. He told me once about a nasty run-in he had with the manager one evening. I’ll get the details again from Charlie but I can tell you now I’ll have to clean up the language before posting on CT!

If you haven’t already done so check out the Florida, Palace, Ritz and Tampa pages. Chuck has posted a link to several photos and additional stories from the locals!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Nick, when will DALE MARBY Drive in be finished? If Charlie worked there interview him for the story. I mailed some theatre stories for you to put on CT. Thanks. Jennifer got a job at Sonic burgers and drive in she will be roller skating out to cars. they grow up fast.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Nick, keep the faith! anywhere i can when I write I try to remind CT the great stories they miss if they don’t seekout your material.

Nunzienick on February 18, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Mike, I still can’t get over it. Thanks to Jeff I now know the title of a movie I saw 50 years ago. And I thought you were just about the only one who read my stories! And more great news: several scenes of the film are posted on YouTube including the scene of the children singing the “knick knack” song! Some great memories here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm

I wish i could on CT the times you do,NICK.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Nick, how in the HECK did Jeff know that! I figured if anyone could answer that it would be a CT writer. I am waiting on your next Tampa Drive-in story.

Nunzienick on February 17, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Jeff, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! This is absolutely amazing! I can’t thank you enough. I thought for certain I’d go to my grave without ever knowing what the title was. There’s no way on earth I would have ever found it by searching blindly through the ads on microfilm. Now I need to see if it’s available on video or DVD. Oh yes, thanks also for the memory lane compliment. Glad you enjoyed the post!

MDaurora on February 16, 2010 at 10:32 pm

The “knick knack paddy whack, give the dog a bone” song was from “The Inn of Sixth Happiness”, with Ingrid Bergman, Curt Jurgens and Robert Donat. Released in 1958 from 20th Century-Fox. As I recall, it was a pretty good movie. Thanks for sharing your walk down memory lane with us.

Nunzienick on February 16, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Mike and Chuck, Thanks guys for the input! Boy did I goof up. I always try and remember to verify
if a theatre I’m about to add is already posted. I could swear I checked before posting the Overton
but evidently I didn’t or perhaps I spelled Overton as Overland. Mike, I’ll just add the story now under comments so it will post immediately.

Just like Mike, until I came across CT I thought I was one of maybe 5 people in the entire country that loved theatres. It amazes me to see the in-depth research and stories by so many on this site. Chuck, thanks for taking the time; I really appreciate your comments. And thanks for posting a little history about yourself. I could listen to theatre stories for hours-on-end no matter which theatre or what part of the country it was located in. I see you’ve been in the business just about all your life. You were in the business when theatres were true theatres! I was about 10 when I was bitten by the bug so I just barely caught the tail end of the real moviegoing experience which was by then slowly starting to evolve into what we have today. And it’s not exactly a pretty picture.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Yeah, I read about him shortly after getting on CT. he must have been well thought of by all the articles i have read. i wish I had the time like Nick to really research,because there are still a few theatres and one black drive-in here that still have not made it on CT. Nick’s stories are Priceless. Chuck, I am curious,you might have mentioned it somewhere,Did you ever work in the Theatre business. I am amazed how many folks on CT never tore a ticket.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Chuck 1231,while i do most of my local theatre histories from memory;meaning sometimes by facts get crossed,Nick spends hours in research. Years ago,he put a book together called “FILMS I SAW AT THE RITZ THEATRE” and not only had all the movies,but personal stories on many showings! He has friend in Tampa that wrote about his life as a projectionists.Personally, at the time, cause i had no idea people were into old theatres and stories would only intrest me,but it would great if both books were on CT.