Atlantic Drive-In

5854 Atlantic Boulevard,
Jacksonville, FL 32207

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Previously operated by: Dixie Drive-In Theatres

Previous Names: Jacksonville Drive-In

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Atlantic Drive-In

The Jacksonville Drive-In opened on December 6, 1939. By 1957 it had been renamed Atlantic Drive-In and was operated by Dixie Drive-In Theatres. A Publix supermarket is now in its place.

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atlmike on May 16, 2008 at 2:44 am

This was a great drive-in. When I was growing up in the ‘60’s they showed the usual drive-in fare— double and triple features. I saw countless horror movies here and remember them fondly. The main thing about the Atlantic was that a neighborhood was right behind it. At some point there must have been some tension between the neighborhood and the drive-in because an accomodation had been reached…the homes had speakers in their backyards! How about that? Go out on the patio on a nice evening, turn up the sound, and watch the movie on the big screen straight ahead! I was very jealous of the people who lived there!

ozmarules on December 14, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Altmike – can I have your contact info – I would like to ask you a few questions about this drive in – thanks – Candace

StanleyNorton on February 2, 2010 at 7:12 am

The Atlantic Drive In opened around 1939 (not 1950 as indicated at the top of the page) and was Florida’s first drive in. I remember seeing a re-release of Gone With The Wind there sometime in the middle 40’s.

NYozoner on January 26, 2011 at 5:37 am

5854 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which operated from 1939-75.

The drive-in was known as the Jacksonville Drive-In from 1939-45, so an “also known as” should be added to the heading.

1960 aerial photo courtesy of

davidcoppock on October 19, 2018 at 5:56 pm

Opened on 12/6/1939.

MichaelKilgore on May 3, 2021 at 2:16 am

Boxoffice, Dec. 12, 1960: “Horace Denning, local district supervisor of Dixie Drive-In Theatres … (is) announcing the reopening of the Atlantic Drive-In Tuesday (6), less than a month from the time the outdoorer’s screen tower was destroyed by fire. Local television stations gave news coverage to the reopening … (including) the drive-in’s new all-steel, CinemaScope screen tower. In celebrating the opening, which came exactly 21 years after the Dec. 6, 1939, opening date, adult patrons were admitted for 21 cents and children under 12 were admitted free … the 1939 opening … featured (Bing) Crosby in "East Side of Heaven” and (Clark) Gable in “Call of the Wild.” "

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