Suburban Drive-In

4210 14th Street W.,
Bradenton, FL 34205

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The Suburban Open Air Theatre opened on October 6, 1950, featuring the musical comedy “Three Little Words” with Fred Astaire, Vera Ellen & Red Skelton. It was operated by Blake Lancaster and in 1955 it was owned and operated by David R. Brown and Exhibitors Services Company from Jacksonville, FL. Its parking ramp could hold 490 cars. It was expanded to hold 600 car in 1955. On October 3, 1955, David R. Brown died and the drive-in theatre remained open. The Suburban Open Air Theatre was closed on December 8, 1956.

It reopened as the Suburban Drive-In in May 1960. I believe it was bought by Super 50 Theatre Corp. (Iselin Theatres from Albany, NY). They were listed as owners in 1956. Iselin Theatres also owned and operated the Trail Drive-In at that time. In early-1967, General Cinemas Corporation was the operator of both the Suburban Drive-In and the Trail Drive-In. The Super 50 Theatre Corp. (Iselin Theatres) closed the Suburban Drive-In in November 1969 and the property was sold to Casto Development from North Miami. The former Suburban Drive-In is now a Best Buy and Lowes Home Improvement store.

Contributed by Randy Studer, Ken McIntyre

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 4, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Nice photos Chuck.

starwarskid77
starwarskid77 on August 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Was this theater located on the corner prior to where the old Kmart was?

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 24, 2011 at 12:08 pm

U.S. 41 & Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34207

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. The heading address is off by several blocks to the east.

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

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 4210 14th Street West. Now Best Buy.

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