Swap Shop Drive-In

3291 West Sunrise Boulevard,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

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Swap Shop Drive-In

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Opened in November 1963 as the Thunderbird Drive-In. This is not your average drive-in theater. This drive-in, located on 88 acres of property has 14 movie screens, a flea market, a circus, amusement rides, and a video arcade. It is open 365 days a year.

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Harvey
Harvey on August 12, 2008 at 8:31 am

Mentioned in this ad is what I believe are the mini-theaters Al is referring to.

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 28, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Good place to take your wife,swap her for another.Nice Ad Harvey a believe the Loews Ads are for regular theatres and 1 drive-in.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 19, 2011 at 6:59 pm

This place now claims to have 14 screens.

http://www.floridaswapshop.com/swap.html

rivest266
rivest266 on October 27, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I uploaded the 1969 aerial photo from the USGS in the photo section. It was much smaller with one screen.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 18, 2016 at 9:08 am

Is the Swap shop drive-in possibly have the world record for themost screens at a drive-in? Does anyone know why the drive-in was Swap Shop?

KenLayton
KenLayton on May 18, 2016 at 5:43 pm

I’d like to see an ariel picture of the theater property now. With 14 screens it would be mighty impressive!

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 19, 2016 at 9:14 am

You can see an aerial shot of the Swap Shop Drive-in property on Google Earth! I think you can see at least 9 of the drive-in screens in the Google Earth aerial shot!

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on May 19, 2016 at 9:21 pm

A lot of the screens are small and non have the capability to show scope unless they have gone digital and that has changed. Scope films used to be off the sides of the screen in the air. I hated it.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 25, 2016 at 7:05 am

Does anyone know why the drive-in was called Swap Shop?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 25, 2016 at 2:45 pm

David, the daytime flea market became more popular than the Drive-in and it reminded everyone that they were the same location.

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