University Triple Drive-In
11500 E. Colonial Drive,
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Previous Names: University Suburban Open-Air Theatre, University Twin Drive-In
The last drive-in to be opened in the Orlando area was the University Suburban Open-Air Theatre. It opened on June 10, 1970, screening the 1970 drama “The Molly Maguires” with Sean Connery and Richard Harris. The 1968 western “Villa Rides with Yul Brynner and Robert Mitchum was the second bill on the program. The new drive-in was opened by Rudy Buzlea dba University Theatre Inc. The new airer was opened at a cost of $250,000 and featured a tilted steel tower and screen that was 62ft high and 100ft long and built to withstand hurricane force winds. John W. Sanders of Apopke was the general contractor. The new airer was designed, owner and operated by the Buzlea family. The concession stand was 3,200 square ft, which provided ample room for movie goers since the drive-in had a 600-car capacity. Provisions were made for individual air-condition units on the speaker posts. Whether they used them or not is unknown.
The University reopened with twin screens on June 14, 1974. They were the only drive-in theatre in the Orlando area to reconfigure their parking ramps layout to be a twin. On May 6, 1983 the theatre reopened as a triple screen drive-in. Apparently the third screen didn’t make out. Starting in 1985, the theatre was screening movies as a twin screen drive-in again. Rudy D. Buzlea died on May 16, 1986 and on September 14, 1986 the last movie was screened and the University Triple Drive-In was closed for good. The asking price for the property in July of 1987 was $2.9 million. Carl Black Chevrolet-Buick-GMC is now located on the site.
GPS: 28.566003, -81.213911
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