University Twin Drive-In

11460 East Colonial Drive,
Orlando, FL 32817

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Built in 1970, designed owned and operated by the Buzlea family. Build as one screen, then twin in 1978 to three screens in 1982. ONLY drive-in to play “Star Wars” in 1977 as exclusive for Central Florida. Over 600 cars, one of the first to use platter film projectors and Xeon bulbs with radio sound. Closed in 1986 upon the death of Rudy Buzlea, General Manager and designer.

Contributed by David Buzlea

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NYozoner
NYozoner on January 27, 2011 at 7:18 am

11460 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32817

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. The address in the heading has the correct street address, but the zip code is not correct which throws off the mapping on Google Earth.

Here is a 1980 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

Coate
Coate on January 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm

<<< ONLY drive-in to play “Star Wars” in 1977 as exclusive for Central Florida. >>>

Not true. “Star Wars” also played first-run at Lake Haines Drive-In in Haines City.

<<< Build as one screen, then twin in 1978 >>>

This was twinned before 1978. (I’m not sure when it was twinned but know it was a twin in ‘77 when they ran “Star Wars.”)

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