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@Mike: The 67 Drive-In was on US 67 on the Arkansas side, and the Loop Drive-In was on US 71 on the Texas side.
6872 Hampton Rd, Texarkana, TX 75503
The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is visible on Google using present day imagery.
Here is a 1964 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.
@Mike: Yep, I spotted it. Nice story, but not my definition of what qualifies for a drive-in. For a little town out in the boonies, I’m sure it was a fun thing to do at the time. More of a lawn gathering.
In my book, if they didn’t have a permanently constructed projection booth and screen tower with a ramped parking area, it was not a real drive-in.
@Andy: Drive-ins.com has a 1958 aerial of the 28th Street Drive-In, which apparently used to be where I-4 intersects 28th St.
E 12th Ave & N 28th St, Tampa, FL 33605 will map to just south of the location where the drive-in used to be. I would have liked to view a larger aerial photo with more surrounding features, in order to positively identify the location, but unfortunately Earth Explorer does not have the 1958 aerial set available.
There is another drive-in about 1 mile east of the 28th Street Drive-In, at E 10th Ave & N 42nd St, Tampa, FL 33605, which Drive-ins.com also has a 1958 aerial of. Using that aerial photo, I have been able to positively match up the location to the address, but I do not yet have a name for that particular drive-in. Drive-ins.com mentions 6th Avenue Drive-In as a possible name, but it would be nice for someone local to Tampa to confirm this.
Both drive-ins were short-lived inner city drive-ins which I am sure were advertised in the newspaper, and would have been open in the mid-late 1950s.
Here is a 1957 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.
<A href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/58299528@N05/5397615597/in/set-72157625894591780/>Here is a 1957 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.
The drive-in is visible on Google Earth using historic aerial imagery.
There is another drive-in nearby at W 10th St & Avenue U, Riviera Beach, FL 33404 which I have not been able to name as yet.
Here is a 1968 aerial photo of the unnamed drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.
Possible names are Riviera Drive-In and Roosevelt Drive-Ins, from Mike Rivest’s site, but I have no way of knowing which is the correct name for that location. Hopefully, someone local to Riviera Beach can provide the answer, or one of the Florida guys can hit up the library and dig it up from newspaper microfilm.
Havendale Blvd NW & 19th St NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881
The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is visible on Google Earth using historic aerial imagery.
The drive-in is currently the site of a drainage retention pond.
Drive-ins.com indicates this drive-in was on US 192. Also, the address in the heading maps to the location of the Brevard Drive-In in Eau Gallie, which is not in West Melbourne.
My suggestion is to use “U.S. 192, West Melbourne, FL” as an address, until a more specific address is found.
2719 U.S. 17, Bowling Green, FL 33834
The above address maps accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is visible on Google Earth with present day imagery. The address currently in the heading is off by about 1,000 feet to the south.
The road which runs behind the drive-in, parallel to US 17, is called Theater Rd, probably as a fond reminder of when all the neighborhood kids used to sneak in from the back of the theatre.
U.S. 1 & Kingman Rd, Titusville, FL 32796
The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which was on the east side of US 1, just south of Kingman Rd. The address in the current heading is off by about 3 miles to the south.
Here is a USGS topo map which notes the location of the drive-in, courtesy of MSRMaps.com.
There was a drive-in near Buffalo, NY, that lasted for only 3 months! The Nite-Way Drive-In opened in August 1948, then closed for the winter by mid October. A January windstorm knocked down the screen, and they never reopened. This drive-in was also notable in that they advertised the availability of AM radio sound, in 1948! Did people even have radios in their cars then?
This website contains more information about the Nite-Way, I’ll check to see if it’s already been added on CT, if not then I will see to it personally.
Here is a 1969 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.
4500 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607
The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is currently occupied by Doubletree Hotel Tampa Westshore Airport.
Here is a 1969 aerial photo of the drive-in, which had already been closed for several years. The screen tower facing west is clearly visible, as is its shadow. It appears to have been a very small drive-in.
Earth Explorer has an aerial photo of this location from October 1, 1950. The resolution is not great, but if there were a permanently constructed drive-in there, it would be clearly visible. It isn’t, which leads me to conclude that this was at best a hack-job drive-in, or temporary set up with no ramps or permanent structures.
Another drive-in located on E Hillsborough Ave and N 22nd St is clearly visible on the same 1950 aerial photo.
If someone decides to take a few sheets of plywood, nail them to a tree, pipe the sound through a stage speaker, and run a projector out of the the kitchen window onto a screen, does that classify it a drive-in? My answer would be, no. Since they only ran ads in the Tampa paper for two weekends, it didn’t seem to be a successful venture.
Here is the 1950 aerial photo, with the arrow pointed toward the intersection of E Hillsborough Ave and N 43rd St, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.
3612 Causeway Blvd, Tampa, FL 33619
The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. The road was renamed from 22nd St, and the address currently in the heading takes Google Earth somewhere out near Busch Gardens.
2901 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33607
The above address will map more accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is currently occupied by Arbour Ponds Apartment Homes. The current heading address maps to the adjacent property occupied by K-Mart.
@Mike: I’ve seen almanacs which listed the same theatres twice during the same year, so anything is possible. When I was researching New York drive-ins for NewYorkDriveins.com, I made a point to research every newspaper for every location, and found there were several locations doubled up, more so in the almanacs than in the catalogs.
For example, I found the Buffalo Drive-In listed under both Harlem Drive-In and Buffalo Drive-In for the same year. The Buffalo Drive-In was on Harlem Road, and somehow it got doubled up. I’ve also seen the Buffalo Drive-In listed as Route 62 Drive-In, Route 62 being Harlem Road.
Similar situations were found for other drive-ins around the state, too many to mention. The only way to know for certain is to check with a local resident who’s lived in the town at the time the drive-ins were open, or to research the newspaper ads from the microfilm.
@Mike: I wonder if the Community Outdoor Theatre and the Perry Drive-In were one and the same. It was not unusual for drive-ins to change names when they changed operators. The only way to know for certain is to research newspaper microfilm, or check with the local residents. This town didn’t seem large enough for two drive-ins, let alone three.
This drive-in is visible on Google Earth using historic aerial imagery.
Here is a 1951 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.
Found the other drive-in on US 98 south of Perry, have a 1951 aerial photo of it. I will make a listing and post.
14601 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33176
The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is now occupied by a shopping plaza anchored by Publix.
Here is a 1969 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.
I found two drive-ins on the 1956 aerial photos, one to the south of Crestview on S Ferdon Blvd and the other to the west on W James Lee Blvd. Not sure which one in the Park and which one is the Dixie, hoping maybe someone here can shed some light.
The drive-in to the south is definitely the larger of the two, so if I went by car size, the bigger one to the south would have been the Park, and the smaller one to the west would have been the Dixie. But that would just be a guess, and I’d like to have something more solid to go by.