Swap Shop Drive-In

3291 West Sunrise Boulevard,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

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rivest266
rivest266 on October 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm

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

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 19, 2011 at 7:59 am

This place now claims to have 14 screens.

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 28, 2010 at 1:00 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.

Harvey
Harvey on August 11, 2008 at 9:31 pm

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

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 9, 2008 at 4:14 am

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 22, 2008 at 11:18 am

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.

AdamBomb1701
AdamBomb1701 on February 22, 2008 at 11:07 am

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.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 26, 2007 at 9:02 pm

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.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 5, 2007 at 3:06 pm

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

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 5, 2007 at 3:05 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.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on November 6, 2005 at 10:40 pm

This is one theater that is no great loss if it doesn’t reopen. I am glad I moved from Ft Lauderdale in April.

YMike
YMike on November 6, 2005 at 4:17 pm

This drive-in suffered major damage from the recent Hurricaine Wilma. It is closed for now but the owner hopes to re-open in a few months.

bornjaded
bornjaded on March 21, 2005 at 10:08 pm

I saw a film here once. This is not the place to see films of significance. I only went because I’d never been to a drive-in theater before and was curious. My recommendation would be to choose a disposable film and go for the atmosphere. If you’re thinking about making kissy-kissy with a hot date, think again: the place gets too crowded to allow for comfortable hanky-panky, and viewers will typically sit outside of their cars and park wherever they damn well please. These are not structured lots with clearly demarcated spaces, but rather, grassy free-for-alls through which it’s difficult to maneuver for a comfortable spot. Plus, some of the screens are truly pint-sized (smaller than the cars below), positioned too closely to two major boulevards, and not accommodating of widescreen aspect ratios. Conveniently, though, the audio is piped it through your car radio.

Oh, and it’s in a bad neighborhood, too. You know that sense of discomfort you get when you’re stopped at a red light in the ghetto? Imagine that, for two hours.

Also, try to avoid the concession stands, unless you’re either out of cigarettes (you can get a pack of Marlboros at the concession stand for about four bucks), or have a hankering for blood sausages pickled in formaldehyde.

The problem with this drive-in is that it’s basically an outdoor multiplex, and it plays only commercial fare. It’s no fun seeing something like, oh, “The Aviator” or “The School of Rock” at such a venue. They should use one or two screens for true drive-in classics, like “The Sadist,” “Motel Hell,” or “Targets.”

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on February 17, 2005 at 3:55 am

This is a terrible drive in theater. A lot of the screens are xtremly small and the largers ones are not big enough for cinemascope films. Part of the picture hangs off the sides of the screens when they are showing a scope film. Last year one night the Thunderbird name on the back of the original screen (theater 9) was actually lit.

joemasher
joemasher on February 17, 2005 at 2:49 am

At one time it boasted 14 screens…I think one of them blew down! One or two of the ‘screens’ are actually painted on the side of the flea market building. The theatre lost its signature neon Thunderbird logo some time ago from the back of its original screen.