Skyway Drive-In

11805 N. Florida Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33612

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Handbill for Cypress Drive-In Theatre

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The Skyway Drive-In was operating by 1955. It was demolished and replaced by Bob Wilson Dodge dealership in the mid-1970’s.

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Nunzienick
Nunzienick on April 12, 2011 at 1:51 am

Thanks Mike. Here’s an aerial from 1957:
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Nunzienick
Nunzienick on April 13, 2011 at 5:58 am

And here’s a current aerial of the lot as it looks today. A new car dealership replaced the Skyway and today that dealership is history. I say bring back the Skyway!
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 7, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Yeah,me too,Thanks Nick.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on August 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm

A great handbill from the early 1950s – thanks for posting!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 3, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I had quite a few And like a dummy threw them away.I know Nick has a Few.

Carmichael
Carmichael on February 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm

My father. W. G. “Mike” Carmichael, was in the movie business from 1921 till his death in 1967, and J. C. “Cass” Carscallen and his wife, Cody, were family friends. Cass Carscallen was born a British subject in Canada, and he and my father worked together in the movie business during the golden decades of Hollywood. Our family visited the Skyway on several occasions from the late 1950s until the mid-60s. The Carscallens lived in a very smart modern apartment build beneath the screen of the Skyway – an architectural delight that we thought amazingly modern and chic in those days. Their business thrived quite successfully, and they retired to Windsor, Ontario.

RRF
RRF on July 8, 2013 at 12:01 am

I lived near this drive in in my teen age years. They had a storm that destroyed the screen and projection box (the box was recessed in the parking lot and was prone to flooding, projectors where on cement blocks)….It was rebuilt with a modern curved screen and new concession + integrated elevated projection booth towards the rear of the property.

msroane79
msroane79 on October 10, 2014 at 8:16 pm

I do not think the description for this drive-in is correct. The dealership that replaced it was Bob Wilson Dodge in the mid 70’s. That dealership closed in 2008 and I believe that space is still unused. Perfect spot for a movie theater if you ask me :)

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm

msroane79 you are correct it was Bob Wilson Dodge. Also the status should be updated to demolished.

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