Joy-Lan Drive-In

16414 Highway 301 North,
Dade City, FL 33525

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Joy-Lan Drive-In

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The Joy-Lan Drive-In opened March 9, 1950 with Edmund Gwenn in “Challenge to Lassie”. This single screen drive-in has a capacity for 396 cars and was operated by Carl Floyd, Floyd Theaters. It was closed in March 1995. New owners took over and it reopened October 11, 1996.

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AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on August 1, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Here are the pictures I took in July 2010.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Thanks for the pictures MajorMajor.

FloridaDriveIns
FloridaDriveIns on December 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Video from 1996: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmWSZOZ234s

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 15, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Address above will not map correctly. Use 16414 U.S. 301, Dade City, Pasco, Florida 33523.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 16, 2016 at 4:24 am

Why is it called Jay-Lan?

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on January 17, 2018 at 10:04 am

A July 4, 2004 article in The Tampa Tribune said that The Dade City Banner said the Joy-Lan opened on March 9, 1950 with the movie Challenge to Lassie. It had “risen from a field in six weeks”. The Tribune itself first listed the Joy Lan in January 1951.

Carl Floyd was listed as the owner in the 1951-52 International Motion Picture Almanac.

As mentioned in that YouTube video that FloridaDriveIns posted, the Joy-Lan was closed in March 1995 by its owner, Floyd Theaters, which had recently sold most of its assets to Carmike. One of the conditions of the sale was that potential competitors such as the Joy-Lan had to be shut down.

Former Floyd Enterprises president Harold Spears formed Sun South Theaters and bought the Joy-Lan along with the Silver Moon in Lakeland, Fun Lan in Tampa, and the Lake Worth, formerly the Trail. The Joy-Lan reopened on Oct. 11, 1996.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on January 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm

Can they show scope films now?

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