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The Islander Drive-In opened February 1953 on Stock Island, the next island up the overseas highway from Key West. It had one screen and could accommodate 650 cars. The drive-in closed around 1984, fell into spectacular ruin, and was finally torn down in 2004 to build the Islander Apartments.
The Islander Drive-In lives on in Jimmy Buffett’s song, "Grape Fruit, Juicy Fruit," which is about "committing a little mortal sin at the drive-in." The song was inspired (so says Buffett on his live album "You Had To Be There") by taking a date to see the Rip Torn movie "Payday" (interestingly enough, about a country singer who has a tendency for extreme behavior), where they mixed up cheap Gilbey’s Gin with Welch’s Grape Juice to create Purple Passions, and then "had a good go at it."
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