E. Bird Street at N. Florida Avenue,
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Named after the Sulphur Springs water tower, a local landmark, this drive-in was located on the Hillsboroough River and opened October 22, 1952 with David Wayne in “Wait ‘til the Sun Shines, Nellie” & George Montgomery in “Dakota Lil”. By 1957 the Tower Drive-In was operated by Floyd Theaters.
The theater was leveled in 1985 in anticipation for an apartment complex that never materialized. The ramps, driveway, assorted debris, and outline of the property remain, however. The site has since been purchased by the City of Tampa as part of its Sulphur Springs riverfront park. The water tower still stands, as well, and is visible for miles.
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