Fun-Lan Drive-In

2302 E. Hillsborough Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33610

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Fun-Lan Drive-In Theatre, Tampa FL

The Fun-Lan Drive-In opened on January 10, 1950 with Cary Grant in “I Was a Male War Bride”. It had a capacity for 700 cars. Admission price that day was 48 cents. By 1957 the Fun-Lan Drive-In was operated by Floyd Theaters. A second screen was added on December 16, 1983, a third screen added later, and in 2006 a fourth screen was added.

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Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on July 22, 2013 at 6:59 am

Trish, My last visit was about 7 years ago. Since the 80s they’ve added two more screens and there isn’t a fence or barrier on the lot separating one screen from the other. Depending where you park you can easily see at least one other screen which was distracting. Once you enter the lot you head towards your screen number and park. Parking is erratic—no ryme or reason—I’ve even seen cars parked sideways! If the lot had to be cleared quickly due to an emergency it would be a nightmare trying to exit. As for being safe—it seemed to be o.k. 7 years ago although that area isn’t known for having the best reputation for many years. So whether it’s safe now I can’t really say. But regardless of all this I’m glad the Fun-Lan is still with us.

burkeview
burkeview on May 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Does any one remember the State theater in downtown Tampa. It was near the Goody Goody

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on May 6, 2015 at 8:53 am

Burkeview: The State has a page on CT with several photos. Search “Tampa FL” and click on all or demolished. I never made it to the State but I remember the building. It became a fabric store, and later sat empty a few years before being demolished.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on May 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Nick do you know if the theater went digital? I hated this and all the drive-in that Floyd theaters owned except the 20th Century. They wanted the screens filled at all times so if a film was in scope it was off the screen into the bushes. Digital would have solved that.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on May 7, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Mike, I haven’t been to the Fun-Lan in 6 or 7 years so I can’t say for certain if they’ve gone digital on all 4 screens. But according to an article published in the summer of 2013, they had recently installed one digital projector (more than likely for the original large screen) and were considering adding a second one. At that time the manager was quoted as saying, “there’s no alternative. You either are going to have to do it or you’re out of business. I’d hate to see the drive-in go out of business.” So by now I suspect they’ve gone digital on all screens.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 30, 2017 at 8:14 am

Grand opening ad in the photo section and below:

Found on Newspapers.com

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 1, 2017 at 4:51 am

Nick or anyone do you know if they have gone digital since my last post in 2015? Also, can they now show aspect ratio 2.35 on the screen rather then off the side of the screen. I Hated that

rivest266
rivest266 on October 10, 2017 at 12:34 pm

2 screens on December 16th, 1983. Grand opening ad in photo section.

Kris4077
Kris4077 on May 15, 2018 at 8:26 am

We went quite a few years ago and saw Wall-E it was on the screen to the left of Screen 2. I have to agree with the arrangement of the screens it definitely is distracting and with no markings on how to park it makes for a lot of chaotic parking. They could at the very least on the 3rd and 4th screens that where added come up with a parking arrangement. The most they could do is either get rid of those 2 side screens or purchase some more land and make proper ramps. I realize to screen 1st run features nowadays movie companies require you to run them longer so it advantageous for a Drive-In theater to have as many screens as they can to be able to keep the crowds coming. Takes a lot more finesse to run a Drive-In theater than a Indoor Multiplex.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 14, 2018 at 1:12 am

Opened with “I was a male war bride”. Swap meet opened in 1981, after moving from nearby Skyway Drive-in. Screen 3 opened in 1988. Converted to digital in 2013.

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