Playtime 3 Drive-In

6300 Blanding Boulevard,
Jacksonville, FL 32244

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Playtime 3 Drive-In

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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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Troy Powell
Troy Powell on October 19, 2011 at 12:35 am

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 19, 2011 at 12:41 am

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 13, 2011 at 12:30 am

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

miya1992
miya1992 on January 4, 2015 at 2:47 am

Please bring it back…. it was so much fun for me growing up spending time.with the family being able to chill and lay back in your own car was the best… I would love to experience this again with my like my parents did with me

VinnieWolf
VinnieWolf on June 5, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Does anyone remember a drive in on 17 it was near 95 and collins road.

wizardtroy
wizardtroy on February 10, 2016 at 11:19 pm

To Vinnie, that was the Airbase Drive In that catered to the Jax Naval Air Base. It is now an 84 lumber co.

wizardtroy
wizardtroy on February 10, 2016 at 11:25 pm

Wizardtroy here, Good news I hope but we will see want we. Talked to the church at the Playtime D. I. here in Jax and they have been trying to get in touch with me for sometime now. Good news has it that a very wealthy man wants to reopen it before a trucking company gets its claws in it. Will update as I go.

smithal
smithal on June 9, 2017 at 5:26 pm

This place was the first place that ive ever went to to see a movie I was 4 years of age my mother took me to this place and as I was growing up I always went back to the movie drive in….until one day I was going there and it was close my heart stopped because they had the most room and space and the best food and every staff member was so nice I really want this place to reopen and if I had the money I would invest in this place and reopen it back up

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on March 5, 2018 at 5:23 pm

There was a fire in the vacant (projection?) building according to a local news report on March 4, 2018. No one was injured.

The report mentioned an NPR story that said a church bought the place in 2008 and stayed there through 2014 and along the way “had unusual ceremonies where old x-rated movies were burned in a fire pit.”

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