France Avenue Drive-In

7800 France Avenue S.,
Minneapolis, MN 55435

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France Avenue Drive-In

The France Avenue Drive-In opened June 15, 1966 with James Coburn in “Our Man Flint” & Tom Adams in “The Second Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World”. This drive-in had a capacity for 1,700 cars. In later years, two additional screens were built.

The France Avenue Drive-In closed around 1982 and was demolished in 1986.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 1, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Thanks Kwisp,how about some more stories.

budyboy
budyboy on May 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm

kwisp,
Michael C will have a nervous breakdown with that comment……

bloomington1978
bloomington1978 on July 22, 2011 at 8:44 am

I worked there from around 1977
to 1980. Good times!

ChevelleSSguy
ChevelleSSguy on March 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm

This one must have only been a few miles from the Bloomington Drive-in or as I remembered it. The Southtown drive-in (I think thats what it was called there where the Southtown strip mall now sits).

RonRuneborg
RonRuneborg on June 2, 2015 at 9:15 pm

Funny seeing Mark Campbell’s name after all these years. It was my first job that wasn’t newspaper. A dollar an hour. A bus to Southdale Center and then a damn long walk to work for a few buck and all the popcorn you could stomach.

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on June 3, 2015 at 6:21 pm

Wow, equipped for 70mm films!

Romulan
Romulan on October 5, 2015 at 9:58 pm

I remember driving my roommate’s car out there with a bunch of us, probably in ‘66 – it was huge! I was used to small town drive-ins, like the one in Pine City (MN). I went to the snack bar & couldn’t find my way back to the car! As I was searching for that '57 Chevy, I saw a car with its lights on. I said to myself, “Some idiot left his lights on!” And then I realized the idiot was me. Good thing, or I might’ve ended up watching the movie sitting on the ground.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 15, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Grand opening ad at

Found on Newspapers.com

and the photo section.

1Poordad
1Poordad on July 20, 2018 at 11:26 am

Worked there in 69 to 70 when I was 14, $1.00 an hour cash. Mr Welch manager, Gene the assistant. Had some fun times back then!

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 11, 2018 at 6:02 am

Site is now the Minnesota Center office complex.

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