Lakeshore Drive-In

1000 N. State Road 7,
Margate, FL 33313

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Lakeshore Drive-In

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This drive-in theater was owned by race car driver and Thunderbird Drive-In/Swap Shop owner Preston Henn.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 11, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Also known as the Margate Drive-In.

sporridge on August 14, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Drive-in movies ceased in 1984 (second-run 99 cent admission by then), but the Lake Shore (two words) site remained home to the Lake Shore Motel (guests once had free access to movies) and Margate Swap Shop (smaller complement to Henn’s Sunrise Blvd. colossus). Margate’s Community Redevelopment Agency acquired the property in 2006, as part of the Margate Town Center redevelopment corridor.

Primary memory: an early 70s revival of “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” crammed onto the Lake Shore’s tiniest screen (of corrugated metal).

UA would open an eightplex around the corner a couple years later (Movies at Margate, itself long since demolished for a Wal*Mart).

FloridaDriveIns on December 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Video from 1997:

rivest266 on March 4, 2017 at 5:20 pm

Did this opened as Margate Drive-In on May 23rd, 1958? If so, Then the grand opening ad can be found in the photo section.

Jimmsm on May 7, 2017 at 6:02 pm

The very best drive in. My favorite. Good neighborhood, friendly staff….I saw tons of movies here. I only remember two screens but what great memories. Two thumbs WAY UP.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 7, 2017 at 8:18 pm

Three screens in 1971. Four from 1972 to 1985.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on May 7, 2017 at 9:10 pm

Just uploaded an aerial from 1979 showing four screens..

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 7, 2017 at 9:19 pm

Hmmn. Can you tell how you see that from that muddy pic?

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on May 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm

That was the best one I could find. Look at the car ramps and which way they go. There was four parking fields there.

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