6060 Ulmerton Road,
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Previous Names: Palm Drive-In
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The Palm Drive-In opened on December 18, 1953 with “Gentlemen Prefer Blonds” and “Pony Soldier”. It was Pinellas County’s only African-American drive-in. The Palm Drive-In was conceived for black audiences, but switched to white audiences before it opened, once the owner learned that negro drive-ins rarely turned a profit. For whatever reason, the Palm Drive-In was switched back to being a black theatre.
It apparently closed for a brief time, but reopened in 1958, at which point it was called the Ulmerton Drive-In. It doesn’t seem to have survived past 1960 or 1961.
One newspaper article states that the theatre was on Ulmerton Road near 49th Street, while other sources state that it was closer to the US 19/Ulmerton intersection. Either way, the theatre is long gone and nothing remains.
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