Twinkle Star Drive-In

US 92 & Dairy Road,
Auburndale, FL 33823

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Twinkle Star Drive-In

The Twinkle Star Drive-In was operating prior to 1953. It catered specifically for an African American audience, and was operated by Talgar Theatres. It was still open in 1959.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Does anyone know the crossroad or if any remains of the drive-in are left?

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on June 2, 2010 at 2:25 am

I don’t know the crossroad, but I highly doubt anything is left. Fifty years' time has really changed a lot of Central Florida, even in sleepy, time-warpy Auburndale.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on October 27, 2010 at 5:19 pm

The theater appears to have been operating until at least 1959. One newspaper ad I found leads me to believe it was at the northwest corner of US 92 and Dairy Road. This makes sense, too, as this area has historically been the black side of town.

NYozoner on January 24, 2011 at 5:24 am

Here is a 1957 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm

It parked 190 cars and was owned by Talgar theatre co,Out of Lakeland. Flordia.B.B.Garner,president,Mamie Newman was the booker.

gentillyorleans on January 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I’ve confirmed with Judy Crews, a lady who has worked in drive-in theatres since 1958, that the Twinkle Star was indeed on the corner of 92 & Dairy Road. She said it’s still a vacant lot, and the ramps are still visable.

jwmovies on December 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Approx. location for this drive-in was just north of Charlotte Rd & Old Winter Haven Rd. Dairy is north of Hwy 92, drive-in was SE of the highway.

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