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 27, 1963 as the Thunderbird Drive-In with 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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davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 19, 2016 at 1:14 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 1:21 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 24, 2016 at 11:05 pm

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

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
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
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
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
rivest266 on March 29, 2017 at 4:26 pm

They must had been showing a dirty movie.

Found on Newspapers.com

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on March 29, 2017 at 6:49 pm

Maybe it was very dusty? Maybe a printing error?

Jimmsm
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.

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