13972 S. Tamiami Trail,
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The Southside Drive-In was opened on October 21, 1970, featuring the 1970 comedy/drama “1932:The Moonshine War” with Patrick McGoohan, Alan Alda & Richard Widmark. The second feature was the 1969 comic western “Support Your Local Sheriff” with James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan & Harry Morgan. The Southside Drive-In was opened & operated by Floyd Theatres of Haines City, FL. Floyd Theatres also operated the Northside Drive-In and the Edison Theatre. It featured a 600-car parking ramp and a 100 foot wide CinemaScope screen tower.
As Fort Myers grew over the years, land to the south of town was becoming more valuable. Floyd Theatre, who had also invested in other businesses which included real estate holdings and property development, had decided to sell the property. The Southside Drive-In was closed September 21, 1986. It was demolished for a car dealersip (Isuzu). Any further information on this drive-in would be appreciated.
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