France Avenue Drive-In

7800 France Avenue S.,
Minneapolis, MN 55435

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France Avenue Drive-In

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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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kwisp on December 19, 2010 at 3:50 am

I worked there during the summer of 77-78 when they showed Star Wars during its initial run – very unusual for a drive-in. The line of cars would back up France all the way to Southdale and 494. They had a small kiddy park in front of the main screen but I don’t recall ever seeing it used. There was often fights and other shenanigans on the busy weekends, but that was half the fun of working there…reminds me of American Graffiti meets Animal House.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 1, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Thanks Kwisp,how about some more stories.

budyboy on May 2, 2011 at 7:10 pm

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

bloomington1978 on July 22, 2011 at 6:44 am

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

ChevelleSSguy on March 17, 2012 at 3:16 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 on June 2, 2015 at 7:15 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 4:21 pm

Wow, equipped for 70mm films!

Romulan on October 5, 2015 at 7:58 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 on January 15, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Grand opening ad at

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and the photo section.

1Poordad on July 20, 2018 at 9:26 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!

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