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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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 5, 2007 at 5:05 pm

This theater is open and hopping. While it’s not ideal, there is no denying the fun of going to see a popcorn picture at a drive-in movie.

I took my two year old to see Charlotte’s Web and she loved seeing a movie from the front seat of the car, a place in the car she isn’t usually allowed.

While she was watching the screen in front of us, I turned around from time to time to look out the side window and watch some innocent victims getting dismembered by “The Hitcher” on a nearby screen. Good times.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 5, 2007 at 5:06 pm

And as a bonus, the big red neon “Thunderbird” sign was brightly lit the night we were there.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 27, 2007 at 12:02 am

The website above doesn’t work, but this does. http://floridaswapshop.com/

I’m in Florida visiting folks and saw the ad for this place in a weekly paper. Wow. Apparently, they have one in Fort Worth.

AdamBomb1701
AdamBomb1701 on February 22, 2008 at 1:07 pm

I remember the Thunderbird. If I remember correctly, it was running porn films in the mid-80’s. I thought that a drive-in running porn was, say…a bit odd.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 22, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Not that odd. My hometown drive-in used to show softcore movies in the 70s. We kids were able to watch from outside the property. Very educational.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 9, 2008 at 7:14 am

In 1970 the Thunderbird and Gold Coast experimented by adding indoor mini theatres to the properties which played mostly ‘adult’ movies.

Harvey
Harvey on August 12, 2008 at 12:31 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 3:00 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.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

This place now claims to have 14 screens.

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

rivest266
rivest266 on October 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm

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

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