3501 Hamilton Avenue,
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The layout for the Thunderbird Drive-In was strange in that even though the drive-in was on Hamilton Avenue the entrance was actually on Natural Bridge Road. It was located between the popular Goody Goody Restaurant and a liquor store. The entrance stretched a block long before you actually got to the box office.
It was a 450 car drive-in that opened July 3, 1959 with Marilyn Monroe in “Some Like It Hot” & Gary Cooper in “Man of the West”. It was operated by Mid America Theatres. With the changing of the demographics of the neighborhood the Thunderbird Drive-In played kung-fu and “blaxploitation” features toward the end. The theatre closed in October 1977.
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