Drive-In Cinema

8001 US Highway 19,
Pinellas Park, FL 33781

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P. K. "Budd" Ballard
P. K. "Budd" Ballard on November 29, 2016 at 1:27 pm

This theatre originally opened as the STEREO DRIVE-IN THEATRE, and it truly was a religion oriented theatre. Built onto the side of the screen was a structure that was all glass front and housed a room for performers ( mostly singers ). They had a curtain that would open to reveal the singers and had a “color organ” that illuminated the room when the singers were performing. The color organ worked great but you would not want to be in the room when it was working. There was a great abundance of “zip cord” wires running to the lamps. The ‘zip-cord" wires were not in conduits. Lovely people working the theatre.

Kris4077 on June 16, 2014 at 9:30 am

I am currently a ministry student and I am currently working to start a mobile theater ministry, Which I hope to grow to someday include some Drive-In theaters and Indoor Theaters. They will only show movies with a clear biblical message.

Kris4077 on June 16, 2014 at 9:28 am

This Theater was associated with Rev. Terry and Olive Little who also ran the Devils Lake Drive-In in Manitou Beach, MI. Which is also on Cinema Treasures. Although they have passed away and Both theaters are now closed their ministry lives on as a mobile theater ministry which was started with the proceeds from the sale of this theater, their website is:

I sure would like to see some pictures of this Theater

FloridaDriveIns on October 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Video from 1997:

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on November 30, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Looking at Google Earth historical imagery, the drive in was in the NW corner of the current Wal Mart parking lot. SE of the 40th St. N and 82nd Ave N intersection.

The actual store is adjacent to the drive-in property.