Dale Mabry Drive-In

Dale Mabry Highway at Gandy Boulevard,
Tampa, FL 33611

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Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on July 23, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Just posted a couple ads for showing of “The Sound of Music” under photos.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on January 14, 2013 at 12:11 am

Thomas, Since opening in 1949 this theatre has always been called the Dale Mabry Drive-In. Tampa has never had a theatre called Apollo although there is a city called Apollo Beach several miles from Tampa. Maybe you’re thinking of a theatre in that area? Although the Dale Mabry probably did run all the Planet of the Apes films on one evening so it may have been this drive-in you saw them at.

Thomas_Rogers
Thomas_Rogers on January 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I can not remember but was this drive inn called Apollo drive in once before they built the jah-lia sports arena and crosstown express or am I think of another place? I remember watching all nite movies Planet of the Apes all of them. Thomas Rogers

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on August 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Thanks for the great program! However, “on our giant panoramic screen” is certainly misleading. The Dale Mabry had a small squarish screen during this time. It wasn’t until 1964 when a larger wide screen was installed.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 20, 2011 at 6:31 pm

thanks Nick, what a large Drive-in.those apartments fit right in!!!

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on April 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Here’s an aerial of the property as it looks today:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 24, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Nick,did you get the ad i sent down.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm

You know I always wanted to see"CASTLE KEEP" I have the one-sheet I got out of the Miller Theatre. I am born on his birthday so I guess I have always been a Burt Lancaster fan.I don’t think “CASTLE KEEP” has ever been out on VHS or DVD.From what I read fans of his just disliked an actor of his staure coming out with an R rated movie,this was the late sixties.John Wayne was smarter,for good or bad,he turned down “DIRTY HARRY”.Those old actors had a group of fans and like John Wayne would say “John Wayne doesn’t to this.”

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on June 15, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I think “Castle Keep” opened first-run at the Loew’s as I seem to remember seeing it there. Never saw “The Gypsy Moths.” Mike, what’s the reason these two may have hurt Lancaster with his fans, the R rating?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm

“The Gypsy Moths” and “Castle Keep” were two back to back R-rated movies that many feel hurt Lancaster with his fans.Nick,they look great.Left you a Thank you on National Hills Theatre.Better to be on CT than in my movie ad collection.

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on June 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm

More programs dated 1967 & 1970:
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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Nice vintage ads Nick.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 20, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Nick, also included are a few more theatre stories I wrote.They are not as good as your,but they a few cute stories,like the HOOKERS working a Drive-in.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Nick, How are the stories coming. I am sending you some pictures of National Hills after it closed and the MODJESKA in augusta having the Marquee torn down.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm

You are right.nick,did tell me once he finished this long story he too forgot a few stories.I do think had i taken the time like Nick,I wouldn’t have guys from the West coast correcting my dates.I mean you gotta admit it was a screw up to say Columbia1 and 2 opened in 1977,WHEN IT WAS 1976. A little more time looking up facts would have been better.Like Nick. Trying to get TLSLOEWS to write some stuff on Nashville theatres,but he is like me i think in that he doesn’t want to get things wrong about a theatre he worked at. Where is Cathy? Boy.never thought her for the shy one.

robinmitcham
robinmitcham on March 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm

But Mike, if you told it all at once you wouldn’t have anything left to say! LOL

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 18, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Yeah, Nick is pretty good at this. You have to wait several weeks,but when he puts something out you just hope most of the CT fans will read it. I should have,and i told nick this the other night over the phone,I should have just sat down and crafted a story about NATIONAL HILLS and Columbia 1 and 2,with the IMPERIAL to a lesser extent because i did not work there as much,And just write one long story instead of 123 posts.

robinmitcham
robinmitcham on March 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm

That was a great introduction…best I have seen on here so far!

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on March 7, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Mikeoaklandpark, The last day of operation was 7/14/74. By 1983 I doubt there would have even been any semblance of a drive-in remaining on the property. The apartments were probably already up by then or very close to being finished.

Are you certain you remember the 20th Century on Dale Mabry and Columbus Drive? If you lived here beginning in 1983 it couldn’t have been the 20th Century as it closed on Dec. 5, 1980. Perhaps you’re thinking of another drive-in?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm

JULY 14.1974 it closed.it is mention in Nick’s great story. I assume its factual if Nick wrote it, Mikeoaklandpark.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on March 7, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I lived in Tampa from 83-96 and don’t remember this theatre. What year did it close? I remember all the other, 20th Century, Auto PArk, Tower, Hillsborough

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 7, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Its no joke this time Mike.Whis I could remember which site it was on.

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on March 6, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Thanks for the tip Chuck. That’s just what I thought. I’ve been having problems with my printer/scanner but once that’s taken care of I’ll be ready to roll.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 6, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I just don’t know any group that rides buggys unless it was amish and i know they don’t go to movies. Maybe you are having your Nashvlle fun with me again!