Auto Park Drive-In

3612 Causeway Boulevard,
Tampa, FL 33619

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Auto Park Drive-In

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Opened in June 1948, the Auto Park Drive-In was located just over the bridge on 22nd Street Causeway. It was closed and demolished, and today there is an open field, though nothing seems to remain aside from a gate and the outline of a driveway.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 29, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Nick, what great John Wayne triple feature,Folks down your way knew how to book a Drive-in.

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 29, 2011 at 12:49 am

3612 Causeway Blvd, Tampa, FL 33619

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. The road was renamed from 22nd St, and the address currently in the heading takes Google Earth somewhere out near Busch Gardens.

Here is a 1969 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on February 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Thanks for the HistoricAerials link NYozoner! Nice view of the Auto Park lot.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

April 7 1963 has at this Drive-in the Road Show Engagement,un-cut,“EL CID”.

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on April 11, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Here’s an aerial from 1957:
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Nunzienick
Nunzienick on April 12, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Here’s a current aerial of the former lot as it looks today…54 years later…still vacant:
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Enlarge to super-size by clicking on image and clicking “view all sizes” on upper left.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Thanks Nick.Left you a post on Springs Theatre.

eyerock4ever
eyerock4ever on April 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm

This brings back memories! As a child we frequented the Auto Park, and before we went in, we used to go across the street to The Seabreeze, and get a sack of deviled crabs for $1.00! And, I was honored to be the last manager, 1983, before it closed, permanently. Mr. Berry was my supervisor, and after cleaning it up, getting it sprayed regularly for mosquitoes, and having the local state trooper on hand for security, we had record ticket sales again! What great memories!

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on April 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Eyerock4ever: thanks for commenting! It very rare to see comments from former managers of Tampa area theatres. Oh yes, I remember the deviled crabs at the Seabreeze which for many years were probably the best in Tampa. I’ve always thought both the Auto Park and Tower Drive-Ins could still be open today since the land they were located on remain deserted and undeveloped, whereas the properties of all other former Tampa drive-ins have been redeveloped for other uses. No doubt it would be a risky venture, but someone with enough cash and true desire could rebuild both drive-ins on the same property where they once stood!

mrjonesfl
mrjonesfl on August 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I remember watching many movies at this drivein as well as going to Seabreeze across the street. the last two movies i remember seeing here were Indiana Jones and Bruce Lee “Enter the Dragon”. My aunt worked here in the early 80’s.

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