Moncrief Drive-In

5139 Moncrief Road,
Jacksonville, FL 32209

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The Moncrief Drive-In served metro Jacksonville and was opened in March 1953 as an African-American drive-in. It had succumbed to development before 1971.

Contributed by Rick Cohen

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Rick, it parked 225 cars,Making it one of Jacksonville’s smallest Drive-ins. In 1956 Bailey Theatres ran it.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 26, 2011 at 10:03 pm

A picture of the back of the screen tower from the archives of the University of Northern Florida: View link The woman pictured is a Mrs. Eartha White.

DDC
DDC on August 9, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Hi guys, I am new to this site and have been doing a little research. The area of Moncrief they had this shown in Google Maps was a little off base. I moved it closer to where the actual screen was but it is still off base. Google maps wouldn’t let me go down Rowe Ave. If you know how to get past that I will try to adjust it to where it is.

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 26, 2012 at 1:03 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 5139 Moncrief Road.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 24, 2018 at 3:33 pm

I believe Boxoffice made a typo in this brief item from the “Jacksonville” column of its issue of November 29, 1952, and is should have said “Moncrief”:

“National Theatre Enterprises has begun construction on its 350-car Montcliff Drive-In for Negroes. The opening is slated for next March.”
The fact that the Mincrief was a segregated drive-in for black patrons might explain why Eartha White was featured in the photo of it that CSWalczak linked to a few years ago. Eartha M. M. White was a noted figure in Jacksonville’s African-American community. (The full sized photo is no longer available on the Internet, but a thumbnail version can be seen about halfway down this web page).

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