Midway Drive-In 1 & 2

8808 Beach Boulevard,
Jacksonville, FL 32216

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Previously operated by: Eastern Federal Corporation, H.B. Meiselman Theaters, National Amusements

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Midway Drive-In 1 & 2

A Walmart has replaced this drive-in. It was opened by H.B. Meiselman Theatres on May 10. 1961 with Fred MacMurray in “The Absent-Minded Professor” & Michael Rennie in “The Lost World”. It was later owned by Eastern Federal Corporation. Had a capacity for 808 cars. It was twinned by 1979 and was still a drive-in in 1983 when it was used as a location for the horror movie “Blood Red” aka “Slasher”, aka “Nightmare at Shadow Woods”.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

Harvey on March 23, 2007 at 3:58 pm

I’m assuming you guys where there when they shot NIGHTMARE AT SHADOW WOODS aka BLOOD RAGE?

midway on May 22, 2007 at 9:27 pm

Hi Vaughn,

My family has very deep roots with a lot of Jacksonville’s drive ins in the 60s and 70s. My favorite is the Midway. I loved that place. I have no pictures of her and would love to see if you located any of the films you took. I would like to e-mail you some how so we could talk more.

Harvey on June 27, 2008 at 4:45 am

Newspaper ads for films that played at the Fox and Midway Drive-Ins and theater times

NYozoner on January 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm

8808 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is now another Wamart monstrosity.

Here is a 1970 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

Johnnie on January 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I grew up in the Windy Hill area of Southside Jacksonville and remember the Midway drive-in very well. It was the place to go on a week night especially if you had a date, for less than 5 dollars you could get in buy a drink and popcorn and you were all set.Sure miss that experience.

Legalwife on January 8, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Midway Drive In was my first job. I was 14 and that was about 1970.

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Drive-In 54 on January 9, 2013 at 3:51 am

Uploaded aerial’s from 1970 and 1980.

Treadwell on May 23, 2016 at 9:56 pm

Super 8 footage of the closed drive-in, days before demolition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOQp7QUPiRg

same footage also posted here: https://vimeo.com/80376622

EFCMike on September 7, 2018 at 7:10 pm

When Eastern Federal twinned both the Fox and the Midway Drive-In, they installed AM Carrier Curent Sound and removed the speakers from all but the last few rows, you know the ones, the rows that the trunk slashers let their cargo out, and the rows with the rocking cars. They remained first run through the early 80’s. Then switched to the “B” movie, Zombie, Slasher soft core format. By 1984 they were Dollar Theatre running second run movies. They did out live the Midway Drive-In, which closed in mid 1984. The Fox closed not long into 1985, thus ending Eastern Federal’s Drive-In operations in Jacksonville, FL.

rivest266 on May 21, 2024 at 3:12 pm

Opened by H. B. Meiselman on May 10th, 1961. Grand opening ad posted.

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