Air Base Drive-In

8370 Roosevelt Boulevard,
Jacksonville, FL 32244

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1948 Air Base Drive-In Article from the Florida Times Union

Opened September 4, 1948 with Bob Steele in “The Big Calibre”. It was still open in 1970, but had closed by 1971 and was demolished.

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NYozoner on January 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm

U.S. 17 & Baracoa St, Jacksonville, FL 32244

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which was on the west side of US 17.

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

Troy Powell
Troy Powell on October 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Went there. The drive way and original fence line is still there but now is a lumber company.

jwmovies on October 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm

This drive-in is now U-Haul.

The address is now 8370 Roosevelt Blvd. Jacksonville Florida 32244.

MichaelKilgore on April 27, 2021 at 6:22 pm

Boxoffice, Feb. 8, 1960: “Carlton J. Carter has taken over operation of the local Ribault and Air Base drive-ins, which have been operated for the past several months by Irving Sochin. The Air Base shortly will be leased to Ernie Nolan, former manager of the Fernandina drive-in, Carter stated.”

rivest266 on May 20, 2024 at 4:38 pm

Placed its first ad on August 17th, 1948 and held its official opening on September 5th, 1948. Grand opening ad posted.

Kenmore on May 22, 2024 at 10:48 am

The drive-in appears intact and operational in a 1960 and 1963 aerial.

However, by 1971 the screen was gone and a new building appears on the northeast corner of the property. By 1980, a go-kart track had been constructed on the property with no trace of the drive-in remaining.

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