Florida Drive-In

7200 Florida Boulevard,
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

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Grand opening ad

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The Gulf States chain had all of the drive-ins in Baton Rouge during most or all of their runs and the Drive-In was the city’s first, opening in December 1941. Located across the street from the popular Bon Marche Shopping Center (later mall), the drive-in had a train and other equipment for family enjoyment. It was later renamed Florida Drive-In

It existed until early-1976, when it was closed and razed to make way for townhouses and restaurants.

Contributed by Fred Sliman

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 3, 2009 at 12:25 am

In 1956 it was owned by T.G. Soloman who also owned the REBEL drive-In in Baton Rouge. Flordia parked 350 cars and the Rebel parked 500 cars.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 12, 2012 at 12:28 am

This opened as Drive-In on December 19th, 1941. It was renamed Florida Drive-In in 1950 to avoid confusion with other drive-ins. I uploaded the grand opening ad as well as an aerial.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm

think they could have come up with a better name.

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