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AaronBBrown commented about Gold Coast Drive-In on Oct 27, 2012 at 4:23 am

I remembered the Gold Coast drive-in, used to see Cheech and Chong movies there. It closed down in the 70s and became a hangout for kids before they tore it down. We built tree forts in the Australian pines, and ransacked the old buildings, nothing but bags of paper cups and popcorn butter mix left behind. It used to be the spot local kids would go to hide from the Deerfield cops when we skipped school. Tore it down to build the Winn-Dixie shopping center, we were so mad that they were destroying our hangout, several of us would go into the construction site every night with sledge hammers and axes to destroy what the construction workers had built each day. We were so effective in demolishing cinderblocks and insulation panels that the Deerfield Police Department had to post an officer there through the night to prevent the deconstruction havoc we wreaked every evening. :) The only thing that survived of the Gold Coast was a line of those tall pine trees that were left untouched, which may still survive even today.

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AaronBBrown commented about Ultravision Theatre on Oct 27, 2012 at 4:09 am

I grew up in Deerfield Beach in the late 70s, and the Ultravision was the best thing about that town, next to the beach. It was a fantastic theater with the biggest most comfortable seats I’d ever experienced in a movie theater up to that point. I saw many great movies there, like Blade Runner and Raiders of the Lost Ark, both of which I watched over 30 times in that theater. I would go in for the matinee in the afternoon and stay through three or four viewings. The theater was so big and so dark that all I had to do was hunker down in the seat in between showings and the ushers would never see me. :) It also had one of the best sound systems of any theater I’ve ever been in. Four huge speakers with with something like 20 inch woofers mounted high on the walls on each side of the theater.

The first time I took the girl to the movies, in middle school, was at the Ultravision, Smokey and the Bandit 1977. Later when I was a teenager it became the place to go see midnight movies, like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and hang out in the parking lot. I was sad when it closed and was converted into a church.

I remembered the Gold Coast drive-in as well, used to see Cheech and Chong movies there. It closed down in the 70s and became a hangout for kids before they tore it down. We built tree forts in the Australian pines, and ransacked the old buildings, nothing but bags of paper cups and popcorn butter mix left behind. It used to be the spot local kids would go to hide from the Deerfield cops when we skipped school. Tore it down to build the Winn-Dixie shopping center, we were so mad that they were destroying our hangout, several of us would go into the construction site every night with sledge hammers and axes to destroy what the construction workers had built each day. We were so effective in demolishing cinderblocks and insulation panels that the Deerfield Police Department had to post an officer there through the night to prevent the deconstruction havoc we wreaked every evening. :) The only thing that survived of the Gold Coast was a line of those tall pine trees that were left untouched, which may still survive even today.