Playtime 3 Drive-In

6300 Blanding Boulevard,
Jacksonville, FL 32244

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Playtime 3 Drive-In

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The only drive-in remaining in Jacksonville, FL. Started out life in 1948 as the Twin Hills Drive-In with one screen. It was twinned I believe in the 1980’s, then added another screen in the late 1990’s.

Played softcore in the 1970’s, then hardcore through the 1980’s and early-1990’s. Began showing mainstream films in early 1990’s and was still going strong until it closed in May 2008.

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kenzster
kenzster on December 31, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Film_dude how are things progressing with the Southern Lights drive in and flea market in Clay county idea you were working on?

nofubars
nofubars on January 19, 2009 at 7:07 am

Still waiting to hear from Clay County. However the possibilities of opening another drive-in in Clay or Duval County is not looking good. The regulations in both counties have changed so much that it might be impossible.
We looked at the Ocala Drive-In in Ocala Florida a couple of weeks ago and are looking into the possibility of re-opening it.
karen (Southern Lights)

kenzster
kenzster on March 7, 2009 at 2:05 am

That’s a real shame. Please don’t give up on us as long as there is still hope.I would love to help in any way that I can so please let me know if there’s anything I can do.

zinniagirl
zinniagirl on February 24, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Great News!! The church that bought the old Playtime Drive In Movies Property will re-open the Wednesday flea market on March 17, 2010. The spaces will be $10-15. Hours 6am till 3pm. Please tell everyone you know about it, as we have all missed such a great shopping spot. See you there. zinniagirl

Troy Powell
Troy Powell on August 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm

You know what really burns my grits about this church was that all this church thought that ALL those films were NOT porn.Some of those films were classic foreign clean films that can not be replaced.One of those films was mine and it was the very first bruce lee movie made.

Troy Powell
Troy Powell on August 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I wonder if the church ever found the secret closet upstairs yet.Oh and by the way while I’m on a roll here with butter & syrup,another one of my films that they burned,WHICH I PAID FOR IN CASH was The African Queen!!! Yep such morons.

Troy Powell
Troy Powell on October 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I was managing the gainesville d.i. in about 1986 when the owner wanted to run porn and when I installed screen 3 at the playtime. I said porn was a bad idea. We almost went bankrupt. BAD IDEA. A lot of drama because of it. Went back to first run the money rolled in.

Troy Powell
Troy Powell on October 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm

There are the letters that I put up on the marquee “THEATRE CLOSED” I cried like a baby putting those letters up there. I had patrons stopping at the red light there saying “Now what are we suppose to do?” We had the best food around. Everybody cried.

FloridaDriveIns
FloridaDriveIns on December 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Video from 1997: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc5vyZnPCmY

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