Southside Drive-In

5515 Phillips Highway,
Jacksonville, FL 32216

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Previously operated by: Kent Theatres Inc.

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Southside Drive-In

The Southside Drive-In was opened on June 17, 1954 with Myrna Loy in “The Best Years of Our Lives” and Walt Disney’s “Water Birds”. It was built by Joseph Ripley and leased out to Fred Kent as the operator. It was closed and demolished in 1980.

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shoeshoe14 on March 17, 2007 at 3:37 pm

Owned by Clark Film and had a capacity for 600 cars.

NYozoner on January 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Here is a 1960 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of

jwmovies on December 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 5515 U.S. 1, Jacksonville, FL 32207.

Kenmore on July 11, 2020 at 8:14 am

Surprisingly enough, much of the property is still an open field located behind a law office.

However, there is no hint of the drive-in remaining, not even any indication of ramps.

jwmovies on January 22, 2023 at 7:40 am

Now 5515 Philips Hwy, Jacksonville FL 32207. Please update.

MichaelKilgore on October 27, 2023 at 3:01 pm

Motion Picture Herald, April 24, 1954: “The large new Southside drive-in, owned by Joe Ripley and leased to Fred Kent, is expected to open in May under the supervision of Bob Anderson, manager of the Main Street drive-in.”

rivest266 on May 21, 2024 at 9:55 am

Opened June 17th, 1954. Grand opening ad posted.

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