3853 Cleveland Avenue,
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The City Drive-In opened on April 3, 1952, featuring the 1951 western “Fort Defiance” with Dane Clark, Ben Johnson & Peter Graves. The second feature was “Wish You Were Here”. The City Drive-In was opened by C.L. Singleton and Park T. Pigott. Pigott’s family was very well known in the Fort Myers area in the early days. In 1955, it was operated by Robert Blatchley of Lee Theatres and could park 388 cars. Blatchley also operated the Lee Theatre, an indoor theatre in Fort Myers. I do believe the City Drive-In and the Fort Myers Drive-In were both operated by the same person in the late-1950’s and early-1960’s.
The City Drive-In closed in March 1966. The drive-in was demolished and cleared for retail. Kmart is on the property now.
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