2521 N. Tamiami Trail,
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Functions: Swap Meet
Previous Names: Fort Myers Drive-In
The Fort Myers Drive-In opened February 4, 1949, featuring the 1946 comedy “Lady Luck” with Robert Young, Barbara Hale & Frank Morgan. The evening also included the showing of cartoons and sports shorts. It was operated by S.J. Feiger and Exhibitors Services Co. from Jacksonville, FL. The theatre had a parking ramp that would hold 500 cars, with RCA in-a-car speakers for each car. In 1954, the concrete screen town was expanded to show CinemaScope pictures. I could not find a listing for Exhibitors Services Co. in 1956 to see who operated it. In late-1969, Floyd Theatres acquired the Fort Myers Drive-In and the Edison Theatre. Included in the deal was land to build a third theatre which was going to be the Southside Drive-In.
On August 12, 1970, the Fort Myers Drive-In was reopened as the Northside Drive-In. It was twinned in March of 1979. Floyd Theatres got bought out by Carmike Cinemas in January of 1996. I believe the Northside Drive-In was sold to an independent operator who operated it until 2004 when it was closed for good.
It is still operated as a Flea Market during the week. In talking to a few people about this drive-in in 2013, it is ‘For Sale’ for the right price and is still in decent condition. It is a classic 1950’s drive-in theatre and hopefully somebody will reopen the ozoner. Sadly, in 2020 the screen tower was demolished.
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