Fun-Lan Drive-In

2302 E. Hillsborough Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33610

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Fun-Lan Drive-In Theatre, Tampa FL

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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. 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 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.

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 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 on September 30, 2017 at 8:14 am

Grand opening ad in the photo section and below:

Found on

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 on October 10, 2017 at 12:34 pm

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

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