Fun-Lan Drive-In

2302 E. Hillsborough Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33610

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Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on May 7, 2015 at 9:25 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.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 7, 2015 at 3:00 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 6, 2015 at 11:53 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.

burkeview on May 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm

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

Chris1982 on September 19, 2014 at 4:20 am

Their official website is not a functioning website.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on July 22, 2013 at 9:59 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.

Trish1217 on July 21, 2013 at 5:45 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 October 27, 2011 at 3:04 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.

Mikeoaklandpark on October 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm

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.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 3, 2011 at 5:23 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].

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on August 3, 2011 at 3:47 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 April 24, 2011 at 9:32 pm

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

Nunzienick on April 21, 2011 at 12:36 am

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 19, 2011 at 4:41 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 13, 2011 at 12:36 am

Here’s a current aerial showing lot as it looks today:
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Nunzienick on April 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Here’s an aerial of the single screen Fun-Lan dated 1957. Note track for children’s train ride beneath screen:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm

What great Triple feature,Nick.Wish that would have been on the night we went.The Kids would have loved it.

Nunzienick on September 10, 2010 at 1:13 am

I’d like to go back again and see a movie on the original large screen. The problem is the two smaller ones on either side with one on a fence no less! It’s not easy concentrating on a movie with two other images off the sides distracting your vision (for me anyway.) But maybe parking up close to the front just might block my view of the side screens. Then there’s that drive-in junk food I haven’t had in ages that lately I’ve been craving. Certainly not the healthiest food but still good.

One of the best evenings I ever had here was around 1970 when the Fun-Lan was still a single screener. The program that night was a triple horrorthon: THE CONQUEROR WORM, TERROR CREATURES FROM THE GRAVE, and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Great memories…

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on September 3, 2010 at 12:13 am

Fun-Lan is great when it comes to watching a movie on one of the three “real” screens. It’s just a fun atmosphere there.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Yes, it would almost be worth a trip back,if i could keep from watching all those other screens.NO FENCE MOVIE WATCHING.Hope Charlie and Miss Ollie are okay.

Nunzienick on August 31, 2010 at 12:06 am

Mike, I wish I knew. It’s been more than 6 or 7 years since 2001 last played. It’s about time for a return engagement. I’d even be happy if it played at the Fun-Lan (on the original large screen of course!)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 30, 2010 at 10:03 pm

When is 2001 coming back to the Tampa.

Nunzienick on June 2, 2010 at 1:00 am

Mike, You’re right. It’s easy for the heat and humidity here in Florida to destroy these programs. I keep them in folders along with various theatre clippings and materials. Still some seem to be surviving better than others.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm must do something to protect them from the elements.

TLSLOEWS on May 31, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Cool 51 programs Nick.