Lakeland Drive-In

4300 S. Florida Avenue,
Lakeland, FL 33813

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Lakeland Drive-In

The Lakeland Drive-In opened by Charles W. Murrell in 1950 and closed in 1980. A shopping center has been built on the site that has the Palm Cinema, a Mugs & Movies, as one of the tenants.

For many years, the Lakeland Drive-In was owned and operated by Floyd Theatres.

Contributed by Michael Hurley

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Drew C
Drew C on August 15, 2010 at 1:37 am

Are you positive that this drive-in closed in 1980? My family went here often and I remember my brother and I playing around, he was born in 1980. Palm Cinema opened in 1986 and I’m pretty sure six years did not pass between the drive-in closing and Palm Cinema opening. Floyd owned the land and drive-in and sold the land with the condition that the shopping center developers allow Floyd to build a new theater on the property (Palm Cinema 3).

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 23, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Playing “SEVEN MINUTES” and “MYRA BRECKINRIDGE”.Two very poor movies.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 9, 2011 at 5:29 am

It was a C.W. Murell Theatre in 1956.

rivest266 on November 15, 2011 at 1:46 am

1958 aerial posted here.

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