Florida Drive-In

1175 Eglin Parkway,
Shalimar, FL 32579

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In 1950, the 280-car capacity Florida Drive-In was erected at a cost of ~$40,000. Located at the junction of Ferry Road and State Road 85, later Eglin Parkway, the main road between the air force base and Fort Walton, Florida.

It opened on Thursday, June 15, 1950 with an Esther Williams picture, "On An Island With You". Operated by the James Tringas family, who also ran the Tringas Theatre in Fort Walton, the drive-in would close in the fall of 1973.

The property is now occupied by the Shalimar Methodist Church family life center and a furniture store. – From Wikipedia for the Town of Shalimar

Contributed by Rick Cohen

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm

It was owned by J.J.Tringas and parked 270 cars in 1956.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on January 30, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Tringas also owned the Tringas Theatre in Fort Walton Beach.

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