28th Street Drive-In

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

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Previously operated by: Floyd Theaters

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28th Street Drive-In

The 28th Street Drive-In opened on December 5, 1950 with Randolph Scott in “Colt 45”. It had a capacity for 650 cars. By 1957 it was operated by Floyd Theaters. The 28th Street Drive-In closed on June 30, 2000. The last movies to play there were Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible 2” & “Rules of Engagement” with Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 21, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Nice photo MajorMajor.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 22, 2010 at 5:47 am

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

rivest266
rivest266 on November 19, 2011 at 2:38 pm

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

FloridaDriveIns
FloridaDriveIns on January 1, 2012 at 8:09 am

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 11:05 am

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
patijo on July 13, 2013 at 7:42 am

My Baby was the one in the swing LOL

jimmyj
jimmyj on December 14, 2013 at 7:13 am

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

HDEngineer
HDEngineer on February 3, 2017 at 11:46 am

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
davidcoppock on October 21, 2018 at 7:56 am

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

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on August 16, 2021 at 8:34 pm

The 28th Street opened on Dec. 5, 1950 with “Colt .45” starring Zachary Scot. The Tampa Bay Times said it held 750 cars and was owned by P. J. Sones and S. T. Wilson. Landscaping included palms and tropical shrubbery.

28th Street Drive-In grand opening ad28th Street Drive-In grand opening ad 05 Dec 1950, Tue Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Florida) Newspapers.com

The 28th Street’s final night was June 30, 2000, showing “Mission Impossible 2” followed by “Rules of Engagement.” The Pinellas County School District bought the 14.5 acres for $1.52 million.

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