28th Street Drive-In

4990 28th Street N,
St. Petersburg, FL 33714

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28th Street Drive-In

The 28th Street Drive-In opened in 1951 with Jane Wyman in “The Glass Menagerie”. It had a capacity for 650 cars. By 1957 it was operated by Floyd Theaters. The 28th Street Drive-In closed in July 2000. The last movie to play there was “Rules of Engagement” with Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.

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AndyCallahanMajorMajor on May 22, 2010 at 4:32 am

Found a picture that I had taken of the backside of the screen. This could be seen from I-275 just south of the 54th Avenue North exit.

TLSLOEWS on May 22, 2010 at 5:13 am

Nice photo MajorMajor.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm

it parked 750 cars and was owned in the late 50’s by P.J.Jones and Carl Floyd.

rivest266 on November 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I posted the January 2nd, 1950 grand opening ad here.

FloridaDriveIns on January 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Video from the last show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK2W5xkA5Xs

P. K. "Budd" Ballard
P. K. "Budd" Ballard on January 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I was the projectionist there for many years and own one of the RCA ( Brenkert ) projection heads. I also have many pictures including the projection booth both with two projectors and arc lamps and with one projector and platter.

patijo on July 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm

My Baby was the one in the swing LOL

jimmyj on December 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm

In High School the “28th Street Drive In” was known as “The Passion Pit”

HDEngineer on February 3, 2017 at 7:46 pm

I worked concessions at this drive in one summer (maybe 1965). The soft drink folks would come out and set the mix ratio (5-1) between the syrup and the soda water. As soon as they left, the manager would come in and crank the screws down to about 10-1. We made “pizza” by taking the crust and spreading 1 tablespoon of sauce across the crust. One day, I chastised the mgr. for wasting sauce. I showed her that if you rubbed two crusts together you could do two pizzas with only one tablespoon of sauce. She adopted the idea immediately !!

davidcoppock on October 21, 2018 at 3:56 pm

Opened with “Glass menagarie” Demolished in 2000. Site is Lealman Intermediate School.

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