Swap Shop Drive-In

3291 W. Sunrise Boulevard,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

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Swap Shop Drive-In

The Thunderbird Drive-In opened on November 27, 1963 with Jack Lemmon in “Irma la Deuce” & Frank Sinatra in “The Manchurian Candidate”. On July 13, 1973 it expanded to three screens. This is not your average drive-in theater. This drive-in, located on 88 acres of property now 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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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 25, 2016 at 6:45 am

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

rivest266 on March 26, 2017 at 2:44 pm

This opened on November 27th, 1963. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

  • July 13th, 1973 3 screens
  • 6 screens on September 21st, 1973
  • 8 screens on March 29th, 1974

Renamed Swap Shop in 1984

rivest266 on March 28, 2017 at 3:51 pm

An indoor theatre, called the Thunderbird Mini opened behind the refreshment center on September 4th, 1970 with “I am Curious (Yellow)”. On January 1st, 1971 it became a “members only” theatre closing in 1972. The outdoor theatre had shown adult movies until at least 1973. Three ads in the photo section.

davidcoppock on March 29, 2017 at 12:26 am

Is the Thunderbird Mini building still there and used for anything? I haven’t heard of a members only theatre before!

rivest266 on March 29, 2017 at 4:26 pm

They must had been showing a dirty movie.

Found on Newspapers.com

davidcoppock on March 29, 2017 at 6:49 pm

Maybe it was very dusty? Maybe a printing error?

Jimmsm on May 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Sketchy neighborhood after dark, some screen are tiny, another is just a whitewashed wall of the indoor portion of the swap shop. I used to go often when I lived down in Florida. Only screens 1 and 2 are legitimately movie worthy so keep an eye on the Marque. Each day and especially on weekends it is the best Flea Market I have ever been to. The open air fruit and vegetable bazaar is just like a tour of the globe, people and produce from all over the world. Big thumbs up.

davidcoppock on October 3, 2018 at 7:33 am

Opened with “Irma La Douce” and “The Manchurian Candidate”.

davidcoppock on October 4, 2018 at 11:36 pm

Rivest266, maybe they were screening the “The Invisible man”?

davidcoppock on October 22, 2018 at 7:23 am

There was a fire on 24/1/2007, next door in auto parts yard. Two of the screens were evacuted after the firefighters noticed a 250 pound propane tank nearby.

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