Turnpike Drive-In

12850 NW 27th Avenue,
Miami, FL 33125

670 cars

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One of the most enduring drive-ins in South Florida history, the Turnpike opened in 1958 as a single screen. It was later twinned and closed in 1987. It had a change of owners around 1980 and may have been closed for a while.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 26, 2008 at 11:47 am

Car Capacity in 1975 was 670.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 2, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Here is a 1977 ad that includes the Turnpike Drive-In.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on August 2, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Map link above is WAY off. HERE is the 12800 block of NW 27th St. Looks like a big junk yard where the theater probably was.

Looking at historical imagery, there was an old airport just to the South of the drive-in. HERE is what remains of the old runways, still visible today.

NYozoner on January 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm

12850 NW 27th Ave, Opa-locka, FL 33054

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which was in Opa-locka, a northern suburb of Miami. The street address in the heading is correct, but the town and zip code are not correct, and throw off the mapping on Google Earth.

Here is a 1969 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

AlAlvarez on September 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm

This apparently closed as a Twin, sometimes showing regular films on one screen and porn on the other.

jwmovies on December 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm



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