Silver Moon Drive-In

4100 New Tampa Highway,
Lakeland, FL 33815

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Silver Moon Drive-In

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Located at the junction of New Tampa Highway and Gay Road. The Silver Moon Drive-In opened April 14, 1948 with a capacity for 372 cars. By 1956 it was operated by Floyd Theaters. In 1985, a second screen was added to the drive-in.

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TLSLOEWS on March 18, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Very nice looking drive-in and still open after all this time.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 12, 2010 at 4:38 pm

in 1956 it parked 400 cars and was owned by I.Q. Mize.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm

And I wish I would have went here when in Tampa instead of that nightmare of a Drive-in the FUN-LAN Drive-in.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 23, 2010 at 6:02 pm

“LAWMAN” and “WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH HELEN” are playing.Another screwed up Double feature.Both GP.

Richard Wheeler
Richard Wheeler on July 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I have come across a photo of a playbill for the Harlem Drive-In Theatre that was located “1-½ miles west of Lakeland off New Tampa Highway”. It stated that it was “for colored patrons”. The period appears to be mid-1950s. Is that the same theatre as the Silver Moon?

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on July 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I highly doubt it. The Silver Moon’s website says nothing about it ever switching over to being a negro theater. Sounds like you might’ve found a new drive-in.

Mikeoaklandpark on July 5, 2011 at 10:47 am

The problem withth is theater like any of the theaters in the Floyd theater chain is the screens are not wide enough to show movies in scope so the pictures goes off the screen and into the bushes. A waster of my money if I can’t see a film in scope the way it was meant to be seen.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Valley Drive-in in Aiken County,S.C. was the same way according to projectionists most of the movie was in “the pine trees!”

FloridaDriveIns on November 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Video from the 50th Anniversary Celebration in 1998:

David_Schneider on January 21, 2016 at 1:20 pm

The Silver Moon Drive-in can be glimpsed momentarily by passengers on passing Amtrak trains. : )

(I just uploaded a photo.)

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