Florida Drive-In Movie Repeal Moves

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, Florida -- March 24, 2011 --

In 1953, if you were going to see From Here to Eternity, or a double feature of Shane and Roman Holiday at the drive-in theater, there could be a big problem with traffic backing up at the entrance as people paid for themselves and their dates. So that year, lawmakers put some rules for drive-in entrances and exits into the law. The law is still there, but lazy summer nights watching Audrey Hepburn and Burt Lancaster aren’t – there are only six drive-in theaters left in Florida. And so the House on Thursday unanimously passed HB 4009, removing certain requirements for access to outdoor theaters from the law. The measure goes to the Senate.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 27, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    there was also one on apalachee pkwy. as someone has already said.
  • by me on Mar 25, 2011 at 08:02 PM
    They do drive in movies @ or near the Antique Car Museum sometimes. I never know about it until it's too late & not sure if it's open to everyone or how it works.
  • by those were the days Location: good times on Mar 25, 2011 at 04:41 PM
    saw easy rider 15 times at the perry outdoor. wouldn't trade it for the world.
  • by Hanna on Mar 25, 2011 at 03:17 PM
    For a drive in to be safe in Tallahassee, there would have to be a lot of security hired. We have way too many thugs. The Perry Highway Drive in...so many memories! It was a shame when they destroyed it for that nothing called Days Inn.
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      by n on Mar 26, 2011 at 09:12 AM in reply to Hanna
      we used to come up from Perry to see a movie that was been shown at the one we had there. Both the ones here and the one we had there sure gives so many memories.
  • by Dan on Mar 25, 2011 at 03:13 PM
    This was a TOTAL waste of legislative time. If they don't have anything better to work on, send their sorry butts home already.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2011 at 09:05 AM in reply to Dan
      get a life
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 01:42 PM
    Brings back lots of memories. Good times, good times.
  • by tony allbaugh Location: crawfordville on Mar 25, 2011 at 01:13 PM
    wish we had one here now i remember when there was 2 of them in tally one at four points and another on aplach parkway i enjoyed them both
  • by Anon on Mar 25, 2011 at 01:00 PM
    I think it will be a great idea. The capital need some kind of entertainment because there is really nothing to do here.
  • by tally Location: tally on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:40 AM
    All 6 drive-in theaters are down south. Wish we had one, bring something different to Tallahassee. Being the state capital you would think there would be more to do here.
  • by Tallahassee Mall on Mar 25, 2011 at 09:12 AM
    Since Tallahassee Mall is all but shut down now, maybe we could get a drive-in theater in its place. There is plenty of land and mutiple entrances/exits. (One use to be there way back when...)
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      by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 09:51 AM in reply to Tallahassee Mall
      There is already theaters there.
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        by DUH on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:09 AM in reply to
        not a DRIVE-IN as the poster suggested!
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          by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:41 AM in reply to DUH
          A drive in in that area won't work very well. Too much noise and too many lights in the area. Also the land cost (lease) itself would make the overhead of any drive-in so high that it would be very difficult to make any money at all.
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      by just saying on Mar 26, 2011 at 09:03 AM in reply to Tallahassee Mall
      it was? the only ones I KNOW ABOUT was the Perry highway drive in and the one on the south monore st.
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