1881 Sunrise Highway,
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The Bayshore-Sunrise Drive-In opened in May 1955 as a single screen theatre. The opening movies were Fred Astaire in “Daddy Long Legs”, a CinemaScope featutre, and Joel McCrea in “Stranger on Horseback. It was operated by Prudential Theatres Inc. and had a capacity for 1,500 cars.
There were two ticket booths at the entrance which could serve four cars at one time. There was a childrens play area, complete with a ‘Miracle Star Gazer’ motor driven ferris wheel and a merry-go-round. Beneath the 135 feet wide CinemaScope screen were shuffle board courts, and there was a juke box and dance area beside the consession stand.
In the 1970’s the Bayshore-Sunrise Drive-In was twinned and to the day it closed in 1985, it would show first-run movies with a co-feature. This theater was well-maintained pretty much to the end, unlike the fate other UA drive-ins had.
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