Tower Drive-In

E. Bird Street at N. Florida Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33604

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tampapix on October 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Nick, I’m interested in the ads you mention that were too large to scan. Was there one from the Cinchett Neon Sign company in Tampa? I believe they may have done the neon signage for the Tower Drive In entrance. Thanks. (Dan P.)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Thanks Nick.I bet it was a great Drive-in.

Nunzienick on April 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm

It’s actually 1-275. Yes, we drove right by it. After the drive-in was demolished there was some talk of a development with shops and a hotel which never did materialize. And the property remains vacant which is such a shame. The drive-in could still have been in operation today had they not torn it down.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Yep, that is I-77 going above,right,Remember seeing it with you.

Nunzienick on April 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Here’s a current aerial of the property. Note the barely but still visible parking ramps & entrance roadway:
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Nunzienick on April 11, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Here’s a 1957 aerial. The dark snakelike line running across photo is the Hillsborough River. The Sulfer Springs Tower is on the left side of lot towards the rear but barely visible in photo:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I am glad i sent these back to you even though i really wanted them.but they need to be on CT,and not in my collection.Thanks for getting them on.

Nunzienick on November 30, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Sorry guys! I had misplaced the ads but just found them. The Tower opened on October 22, 1952 with the double feature “Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie” and “Dakota Lil.” Here’s the grand opening ad with a photo of the lot. The huge full-page ad contained congratulatory announcements from about 20 merchants and supply companies which was far too large to scan so I copied the section with photo:
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Program from 1969:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Nick, waiting on those ads you said you were putting on.hope the scanner did not break again.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on November 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Yep, you can’t miss the tower.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I have seen this location.Right off 1-75 I think.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Open from about 1955 till 1985.

Had a wide screen and stero sound.

Run by Floyd Theaters.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Nick,when i was in Tampa,you showed me this old Drive-in site?