Coral Way Drive-In

SW 24th Street & 70th Avenue,
Miami, FL 33155

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USGS aerial from Earth Explorer

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The Coral Way Drive-In was opened in 1949 and was operated by Edward J. Melniker. From 1954, it was operated by Wometco Theatres chain and had a capacity for 600 cars.

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on July 23, 2008 at 4:06 am

The full address for this drive-in was 7080 Coral Way.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 4, 2008 at 10:16 pm

The Coral Way only had room for 250 cars. It was already open by 1949 and closed in 1977.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 12, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Here is a 1980 aerial view. The property was redeveloped by 1986.
http://tinyurl.com/yafaj56

rivest266
rivest266 on January 18, 2010 at 9:45 pm

This drive-in had air conditioning (June 15, 1967)
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and a picture of the bulky unit at http://www.pbase.com/image/95202644

Just think, no more bug spray.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Boxoffice of March 5, 1949, said that the Coral Way Drive-In had been opened. Wometco took over operation in 1954. In 1955 the circuit had the drive-in rebuilt to plans by architect A. Herbert Mathes. His design was the subject of this article in Boxoffice of October 22, 1955.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Good 1977 ad,see “THE CHEERLEADERS” was cut to an R Rating.

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 27, 2011 at 3:33 am

Here is a 1969 high resolution close-up photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 8, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Near the end of our 1-year residency in Miami, my folks and I piled into the family car (a red 1968 Volvo) one evening in May of 1972 (likely on Saturday the 20th), and headed over to the Coral Way Drive-In to enjoy a triple feature consisting of “Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster,” “The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant” and “The Return of Count Yorga!” This was likely the last of many such evenings at either the Coral Way, the Dixie or the Tropicaire drive-ins, as we departed back for New York City early that summer. I’ve been trying to nail down the exact date and location of that triple bill for many a moon, and that search finally came to an end today with a thorough scouring of the daily movie sections from Google.com’s online archive for The Miami News. In fact, for a long time I thought it was just a Godzilla/Yorga double feature and that 2-Headed Transplant was part of some other 2-headed attraction we had also seen – glad to have that clarified, as well. Anyway, thanks again for the hot lead, AlAlvarez!

jdoc001
jdoc001 on May 17, 2013 at 7:54 am

this theater was eventually demolished as the surrounding property was turned into apartment complexes

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