Fun-Lan Drive-In

2302 E. Hillsborough Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33610

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Handbill for Fun-Lan Drive-In Theatre

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The Fun-Lan Drive-In opened on January 10, 1950 with a capacity for 700 cars. Admission price that day was 48 cents. A second screen was added in 1985, a third screen added later, and in 2006 a fourth screen was added.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 19, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I see THE FENCE we watched “SUPERMAN” on!!!!I was great Nick. AM so glad I got off my butt and drove down with the Kids.It was a Great Night.

Nunzienick on April 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm

It was great except for that screen on the fence! I haven’t been back since that night but I guess the screen is still there. Has to rank as just about the shoddiest set-up I’ve ever seen for a drive-in. The Fun-Lan is but a shadow of it’s former self.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm

That’s okay,just going there was great.If only the TAMPA would have had a decent film to watch the following day.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on August 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Thanks for the nice handbill! “20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA” was one heck of a popular Disney movie. I notice “CinemaScope” in the ad. I’ve always thought drive-ins without a CinemaScope screen should not advertise it in their ads. The Fun-Lan never had a CinemaScope screen. The original screen which is still standing is exactly the same size as it was back then.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Glad to see you back,will have to tell TerrySmith.The old Fun-lan I am sure was a better theatre in Charlie’s Day.{operator].

Mikeoaklandpark on October 27, 2011 at 10:47 am

CAn anyone tell me if they put in cinemascope screens with theater 3 &4. I and 2 were never capable of showing scope films. Floyd theares wanted the screens filled all the time which meant a film in scope was shown off into the thin air. A very tacky wasy to show movies.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on October 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Mike, Screen 4 was the last one put up and is actually built on the side fence if you can believe it. It’s slightly wider than the other three so you’re probably seeing about as much of the picture as you would in a standard indoor theatre with a wide screen. Screens 1 2 & 3 are about the same size (ratio-wise) with screen 4 being the smallest but widest (probably about 20-25 feet wide.)

This newest screen on the fence has to rank as the cheapest/tackiest set-up I’ve ever seen for a drive-in. Projection is from the original booth in the center of lot with the lens aimed at the screen from the top of the booth door. On the other 3 screens you’re probably missing about a 3rd of the image on Scope films since the picture projects off the sides into the darkness.

Trish1217 on July 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Have fond memories of going here in high school in the 80’s with my boyfriend and smuggling in beer! Last movie I saw here was Pet Semetary in 89. Scared me at the time! I should go back and check it out. Is it safe in that area?

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.

Chris1982 on September 19, 2014 at 1:20 am

Their official website is not a functioning website.

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