11040 Florida 97,
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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres
Located just to the south of the Florida-Alabama state line, the Palms Drive-In was often listed as being in Atmore, AL. The Palms Drive-In was opened on June 29, 1950 with Preston Foster in “The Big Cat”. It was operated by the Martin Theatres chain. It had a capacity for 304-cars and the screen was 36ft x 50ft. Two months after opening, on August 30, 1950, the screen was destroyed by Hurricane Baker. A new superstructure screen was installed and the drive-in reopened on September 8, 1950.
Later, the Palms Drive-In was taken over by John Smith, who was also the manager of the Strand Theatre, Atmore, AL. The capacity was increased to 400-cars and in 1955 it was equipped with CinemaScope. The Palms Drive-In was closed in 1963.
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