Loew's Normandy Twin Open-Air Theatre

5011 Normandy Boulevard,
Jacksonville, FL 32099

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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc.

Architects: F. Earl DeLoe

Previous Names: Normandy Drive-In

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Loew's Normandy Twin Open -Air Theatre...Jacksonville Florida

The Normandy Drive-In was opened in April 1949. In June 1955 it was taken over by Loew’s Inc. The address given at that time was 5003 Normandy Boulevard. It had a double-sided screen. It was closed on March 24, 1963.

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jwmovies on October 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

WOW! Now THAT’s a drive-in!

dallasmovietheaters on August 7, 2016 at 6:10 am

F. Earl Deloe architectural sketch in photos.

MichaelKilgore on March 29, 2019 at 7:31 am

From the July 2, 1955 issue of Billboard, as part of a note on Loew’s acquisition:

“The Normandy features a miniature Seaboard Silver Meteor, free donkey rides, and a five-acre playground.”

MichaelKilgore on December 5, 2019 at 10:51 am

The Feb. 5, 1950 Boxoffice had a two-page story about the new Normandy, “a twin drive-in theatre with two identical screens and identical programs. One show starts 20 minutes after the other since one screen faces west and the other east”

MichaelKilgore on May 5, 2021 at 2:30 pm

I think I found the Normandy’s closing date. According to a Boxoffice article two weeks later about the indoor theaters that would replace the drive-in, “its long-postponed closing (was) the night of March 24,” 1963.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 1, 2021 at 10:38 pm

Boxoffice of May 14, 1949 said that the Normandie Twin Outdoor Theatre had recently opened at Jacksonville. In addition to accommodating over 1,000 cars, the facility had outdoor seating areas near the refreshment stands for about 400 walk-in customers.

jwmovies on January 22, 2023 at 7:04 am

1 in Oklahoma, 2 used to be in Chicagoland. Owned by Loew’s also.

You could drive in the tunnel between theaters. Each had its own box office, projection and concession. Cool! 😍😍😄

rivest266 on May 20, 2024 at 4:50 pm

Opened as America’s finest drive-in on April 29th, 1949. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on May 21, 2024 at 10:28 am

Miniature Railroad, donkey rides, new playground and a new snack bar was added on July 6th, 1955 as Loews takes over this drive-in. Ads posted.

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