Islander Drive-In

Balido Terrace and 5th Avenue,
Stock Island, FL 33040

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Islander Drive-In

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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."

Contributed by Don Solosan

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FloridaDriveIns on November 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Video from 1997:

jwmovies on October 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1300 Douglas Circle, now in Key Wst

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Drive-In 54 on December 7, 2014 at 5:15 am

The correct address is: Balido Terrace and 5 th Ave Stock Island, FL 33040

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