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Old 05-08-2011, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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I was wondering where the closest drive ins are. I'm living in Port Charlotte and would like to go to a drive in sometime this spring/summer. Don't want to drive REALLY far. Are there any drive ins still open around here? I love the nostalgia of the drive in!!
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Old 05-09-2011, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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Don't know if there are any....?
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Old 05-09-2011, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Paradise
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Amazing what you can find by simply typing "drive in movies" into your browser...

This was just one (1) of many listings:

Drive-In Theater

  • Joy-LAN Drive-In & Swap Shop
    16414 US Highway 301, Dade City, FL 33525 (904) 567-5085
  • Thunderbird Drive-In Theatre (Swap/Show)

    3295 West Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 (954) 583-7733 ***** Now with 14 Screens****
  • Northside Drive-In Theatre

    2521 North Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL 33903 (941) 995-2254
  • Playtime Triple Family Drive-In
    6300 Blanding Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32244 (904) 771-9939
  • Silver Moon Drive In Theatre

    New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, FL 33801 (941) 682-0849
  • Trail Drive-In Theater
    Lake Worth Rd, Lake Worth, FL (407) 965-4518
  • Naples Drive In Theater
    Davis Boulevard Extension, Naples, FL 33942 (941) 774-6661
  • Ocala Drive In Theatre
    4850 Southeast Pine Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471 (904) 629-1325
  • Ruskin Drive In Theatre
    5011 US Highway 41 North, Ruskin, FL 33572 (813) 645-1455
  • Fun LAN Drive In Theatre
    22nd Street & E Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33619 (813) 234-2311
<H2>Dead Theatres</H2>
  • Prairie Lake Drive-In, Altamonte Springs, FL
  • 1 Drive-In, Apalachicola, FL
  • Dale Drive-in, Auburndale, FL
  • Bartow Outdoor Drive-In
    1705 US Highway 17 South, Bartow, FL 33830
  • Outdoor Drive-In, 490 W. Clower St., Bartow, FL
  • Lakes Drive-In Theatre & Flea
    1391 North Main Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430 (407) 996-6659
  • Blountstown Drive-In, Blountstown, FL
  • Al's Drive-In, Bonifay, FL
  • Bradenton, Drive-In, 2305 9th, St. West, Bradenton, FL
  • 41 Drive-In, Brooksville, FL
  • Sumter Drive-In, Bushnell, FL
  • Escambia Drive-In, Century, FL
  • Starlight Drive-In, Clipley, FL
  • Gulf To Bay Drive-In, 25 N. Belcher, Rd, Clearwater, FL
  • Clervue Drive-In, Clermont, FL
  • Skyvue Drive-In, Cocoa, FL
  • Vanguard Drive-In, Cocoa, FL
  • Dixie Drive-In, Crestview, FL
  • Princess Drive-In, Cross City, FL
  • Hi Way Drive-In, 1930 Federal Hwy, Dania, FL
  • Boulevard Drive-In Theatre
    1532 South Woodland Boulevard, De Land, FL 32720 (904) 734-0894
  • Gold Coast Drive-In, Deerfield Beach, FL
  • Del RAy Drive-In, Delray Beach, FL
  • Brevard Drive-in, Eau gallie, Fl
  • Fun Land Drive-In, Edgewater, FL
  • Movie Garden Drive-In, Eustis, FL
  • Reef Drive-In, Fernandina Beach, Fl
  • Southside Drive-In, Fort Myers, FL
  • Ft. Pierce Drive-In, Fort Pierce, FL
  • Lauderdale Drive-In, 2695 W. Broward Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Showtown Twin Drive-In, Ft. Walton, FL
  • Gainesville Drive-In, 2400 Hawthorne Rd, Gainesville, FL
  • Suburbia Triple Drive-in, Gainesville, FL
  • Lake Haines Drive-In, Haines City, Fl
  • Arrow Drive-In, Hollywood, Fl
  • Breezeway Drive-In, Homestead, Fl
  • Blanding Drive-In, Jacksonville, Fl
  • Fox Drive-in, Jacksonville, Fl
  • Lake Forest Drive-In, 2702 Rogero Rd, Jacksonville, Fl
  • Main Street Drive-in, Jacksonville, Fl
  • Midway Drive-In Twin, Jacksonville, Fl
  • Pine Drive-in, 139 Eastport Rd, Jacksonville, Fl
  • Ribault Drive-in, 4819 Soutel Dr. Jacksonville, Fl
  • Southside Drive-in, Jacksonville, Fl
  • Islander Drive-in, 1214 Laird St. Keywest Fl
  • Lake City Drive-in, Lake City, Fl
  • Lumar Outdoor Theatre, Lake City, Fl
  • Wales Drive-In, Lake Wales, Fl
  • Skydrome Drive-In, Lake Worth, Fl
  • Filmland Drive-In, Lakeland, Fl
  • Lakeland Drive-In, Lakeland, Fl
  • Thunderbird, Drive-in, 3701 E. Bay Drive, Largo, Fl
  • Crest Drive-in, Leesburg, Fl
  • Family Twin Drive-in, 811 Duval St., Live Oak, Fl
  • Ri Mar Drive-In, Lockhart, Fl
  • Wildcat Drive-In, Mac Clenny, Fl
  • Lakeshore, Drive-In, 1000 State Rd 7, Margate, Fl
  • Double D Drive-In, Marianna, Fl
  • Melbourne Outdoor Theater, Melbourne, Fl
  • Causeway Drive-In, Merritt Island, Fl
  • Miami Drive-In, 8100 N. W. 7th Ave., Miami, Fl
  • Tropicaire Drive-In, 7751 Bird Rd, Miami, Fl
  • 27th Ave, Drive-In, Miami, Fl
  • Mulberry Drive-In, Mulberry, Florida
  • Trail Drive-In, 1157 3rd St. Naples, Fl
  • Tropical Drive-in, Nokomis, Fl
  • North Dade Drive-In, 17175 N. W. 27th Ave, North Miami, Fl
  • Skylark Drive-in, Ocala, Fl
  • Skylake Drive-In Twin, Okeechobee, Fl
  • Golden Glades East Drive-In, Opa Locka, Fl
  • Golden Glades West Drive-In, Opa Locka, Fl
  • Turnpike Drive-in, Opa Locka, Fl
  • Colonial Drive-in, Orlando, Fl
  • Orange Ave, Drive-in, Orlando, Fl
  • Pine Hills Drive-in, 5050 W. Colonial Dr, Orlando, Fl
  • South Trail Drive-In, 8621 Orange Blossom, Orlando, Fl
  • Winter Park Drive-in, Orlando, Fl
  • Nova Drive-in, Ormond Beach, Fl
  • Linda Drive-In, 712 S. Palm Ave, Palatka, Fl
  • St. John Drive-In, Palatka, Fl
  • Skyway Drive-in, Palmetto, Fl
  • Gulf Drive-in, 525 E. 15th St, Panama City, Fl
  • Isle Of View Drive-in, Panama City, Fl
  • Drive-In Cinema
    8001 US Highway 19 North, Pinellas Park, FL 34665 (813) 577-6922
  • Showtown Twin Drive-in, 6600 N. Pensacola Blvd., Pensacola, Fl
  • Twin Air Drive-in, Pensacola, Fl
  • Graves Drive-in, Perry, Fl
  • Mustang Drive-in, 7301 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park, Fl
  • Starlite Drive-in, Plant City, Fl
  • Beach Drive-In, Riviera Beach, Fl
  • Movieland Drive-in, Sanford Fl
  • Bee Ridge Twin Drive-in, 3920 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, Fl
  • Trail Drive-in, 6801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fl
  • Sevon Drive-In, Sebring, Fl
  • 28th Saint Drive In Theatre Incorporated
    4990 28th Street North, Saint Petersburg, FL 33714
  • Garden Drive-In, 4103 Park St. N, St. Petersburg, Fl
  • 301 Drive-In, Starke, Fl
  • Capitol Drive-In, Tallahassee, Fl
  • Auto Park Drive-In, 3612 22nd St, Tampa, Fl
  • Hillsboro Drive-In, 3306 W. Hillsboro Ave, Tampa Fl
  • Skyway Drive-In, Tampa Fl
  • Tower Drive-In, Tampa, Fl
  • 28th St Drive-In,Tampa, Fl
  • 20th Century, Drive-In, Tampa, Fl
  • Midway Drive In Theatre
    1315 Alt 19 North, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 (813) 937-3807
  • Titusville Drive-In, Titusville, Fl
  • Vero Drive-In, Vero Beach Fl,
  • Starlite Drive-In, Wanchula, Fl
  • Beach Drive-In Theater Old Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Boulevard Drive-in, 4921 Southern Blvd, west Palm Beach, Fl
  • Starlite Drive-in, Winter Garden, Fl
  • Haven Dale Drive-In Theatre
    Havendale Blvd NW, Winter Haven, FL
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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Don't see any on that list around here.....
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Don't see any on that list around here.....
Ah...yeah...the only drive in I've ever seen around these parts was in passing the Ruskin one.
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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That list isn't accurate. The Naples and Fort Myers drive-ins are now closed. The one in Ocala closed, but is getting ready to reopen. The Jacksonville one has opened and closed a few times over the last decade, I think.

You're pretty much going to have to drive up to the Tampa area, but you'd have four to choose from.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Randy Forbes, you have found an AMAZING list of drive ins there. Unfortuntely most of those are NOT local and I was asking for local. I have looked online for drive ins and could not find any local ones. I figured asking fellow locals would be the best way to know if there were truly not any close by. That's a shame that most of the drive ins are now closed. I'm from a younger generation and really enjoyed going to be the drive in. When I lived in IL we had one about half hour away. I swear I looked online once and saw that Sarasota has one, but that list must have been inaccurate. Thanks for all your help!
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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I think Sarasota's last one closed in the 80s. The remains of one--the Trail on Tamiami across from the airport--lasted until around 2001-2002.


Trail Drive-in (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ferret111/531623690/ - broken link) by ferret111 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ferret111/ - broken link), on Flickr

You're pretty much out of luck unless you want to drive to Fort Lauderdale or Tampa, sadly.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Florida
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... with the amount of bugs we have here at night in the dark, I can't imagine wanting to sit in a car watching a movie...also, it's a great opportunity to get mugged, shot, or killed. (I did grow up in the north so I understand the allure of the drive-in).
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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... with the amount of bugs we have here at night in the dark, I can't imagine wanting to sit in a car watching a movie...also, it's a great opportunity to get mugged, shot, or killed. (I did grow up in the north so I understand the allure of the drive-in).
I don't think the idea is to actually watch the movie.
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