Bill Alderman's Drive-In

4210 E. Hillsborough Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33610

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This theater opened in March 1950 and was a combination drive-in restaurant and drive-in theater. Throughout 1950, there were "For Sale" ads in various local newspapers claiming that the property was doing good business, but the owner needed to sell. The theater seems to have disappeared shortly after that. There is still a large plot of empty land at the corner listed in the ad.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 29, 2011 at 8:08 am

Nyozoner,you are right about the plywood and such,but I came upon a Drive-in in a Flordia that had Sheets strung up and Showed movies in what seem to be a pasture,they collected admission,showed 16mm movies off Batteries,sold Concessions and stayed in business a few years.I put it on CT.I will try and find the name so you can read about,if you haven’t already spotted it.NDiMaggio a good friend, was also puzzled by the Bill Alderman Drive-in.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 29, 2011 at 8:31 am

NYozoner,The Drive-in i was writing about was the Fort McCoy Drive-in Theare it is on CT,rather strange Drive-in,don’t know if you ever spotted the story I submitted.

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm

@Mike: Yep, I spotted it. Nice story, but not my definition of what qualifies for a drive-in. For a little town out in the boonies, I’m sure it was a fun thing to do at the time. More of a lawn gathering.

In my book, if they didn’t have a permanently constructed projection booth and screen tower with a ramped parking area, it was not a real drive-in.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I totally agree with you it was from a Article written by a Jacksonville,Fla reporter and I guess sorta qualifies as a Drive-in,They Charged Admission, showed 16mm I am sure,sold Concessions.I found a Drive-in in St.Thomas,Virgin Islands that think was portable.Had ads in the paper there for one summer and nothing again.

pcfousj
pcfousj on March 31, 2011 at 3:12 am

Nick send me a email link and i’ll send you an aerial of the 28th street and 40th street drive-in circa 1957

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on March 31, 2011 at 7:17 am

Thanks pcfous! Please send to me at

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 31, 2011 at 7:52 am

Nick,Thanxs for getting the theatre pictures on.

pcfousj
pcfousj on April 1, 2011 at 10:07 am

After reading the above posts again, I guess what i was calling the 28th st. drive-in, is really the Columbus. The actual spot it was located at is 28 and 29th streets directly underneath I-4.

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on April 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Pcfous, That slipped by me too. It was called the Columbus D/I rather than 28th St. I guess since the location was between 28th & 29th it was referred to by street number rather than actual name.

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on April 12, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Here’s an aerial dated 1957. The small lot is located off Hillsborough Avenue across the road towards the upper center of image. Looks like it may have been a legitimate drive-in with parking ramps although it’s hard to tell from this distance. I don’t see a screen but then again it may have already been closed by 1957:
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And here’s the lot as it looks today…54 years later:
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