Lib-City & 22nd Avenue Drive-In

NW 22nd Avenue and 69th Street,
Miami, FL 33147

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The Lib-City & 22nd Avenue Drive-In was listed as operating in 1955. Lib-City catered for colored patrons, while 22nd Avenue catered for a white audience. Each section of the theatre had a capacity for 350 cars, and there were 350 seats for walk-in patrons in each section.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 4, 2008 at 4:04 pm

The address for this drive-in was 6900 N.W. 22nd Avenue. It had room for 700 cars.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm

The 22nd Avenue shut down sometime in 1969.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 11, 2008 at 1:57 pm

The 22nd Avenue Drive-In was advertised as the Liberty City Drive-in at the same time. Does anyone know if they had two sections for segragated audiences?

MayfairMan
MayfairMan on March 21, 2009 at 12:55 pm

The 22nd Ave Drive-in was a regular stop on our drive-in circuit 1950-55, and was in fact a segregated operation, with whites entering from the west off 22nd Ave, and blacks entering the Liberty City Drive-in from the east (21st Ave or 21st Ct.) One screen at the north end with a tall wooden fence bisecting the parking and concession areas. Neither side could see or have contact with the other, but if you sat in the outdoor seating area in front of the concession building you could hear folks on the other side. It was weird even for Miami in the 50s.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 21, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Thanks for the insight MayfairMan!

I recently visited Historical Museum of South Florida where they currently have an exhibit on the African Diaspora in Miami.

http://www.hmsf.org/

This type of info would have been a welcome addition. In my theatre research I also stumbled upon another Miami weirdness. The 1926 telephone book had a section for “Colored people”. This odd bit of segregation would surely have made it easier to find black friends and family.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 5, 2009 at 3:38 pm

This opened in 1949 as the Liberty City Drive-In. In 1953 it started advertising as the 22nd Avenue presumably to lure white audiences.

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 26, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Here is a 1961 aerial photo of the drive-in, which shows the fence bisecting the drive-in through the middle of the lot.

Here is a 1969 higher resolution close-up photo.

You can see there were separate entrances and ticket offices for the east side and west side of the lot.

Both photos are courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on June 11, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Please add Liberty City Drive-In as an aka.

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