Isle of View Drive-In

Everitt Avenue and E. 5th Ct,
Panama City, FL 32401

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres

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Isle of View Drive-In

The Isle of View Drive-In opened on May 17, 1951, with the 1950 comedy “Peggy” with Diana Lynn, Charles Coburn, Charlotte Greenwood and Barbara Lawrence. The drive-in was opened by Joe E. Hutchinson, Millford Miller and John Marianna with a car capacity of 300 cars. In November of 1952, the Isle of View Drive-In was sold to Martin Theatres. It screened pictures until September of 1984 then it was closed. It was the last operating drive-in theatre in Panama City to close. It was demolished and now the property is a mobile home park.

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gail7134 on September 29, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Hi, My mother Ruby Astor-Cox and I, Gail Astor-Layton worked at this drive-in during the 70’s. I worked the Entrance Ticket Booth and the in the Concession Stand at the drink machine and making pizzas. Star Wars came out that this drive-in. The manager’s was James & Irene McGriff which still live at 614 Bay Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401.

kencmcintyre on January 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Here is a June 1952 ad from the Panama City News-Herald:

dob1959pcf on May 26, 2010 at 5:00 am

See attached map for general area of Isle of View Drive-In
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Unlike the Gulf Drive-In, this drive-in would have been a challenge to find for those not from that area because it was quite a distance from a major road.

spellis77 on February 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm

My name is Steve Ellis and I used to work at drive-in. I knew Ruby well. She was quite a character! She and Irene would have a little spat every now and then! Great times! Jimmy&Irene McGriff were cool to work for. They had two sons, Ricky&Timmy? Projectionist was a cool guy, too. I used to fix drinks&pizzas, climb up/change marquee on HWY98. I was there night third of screen cracked, then fell to ground(I had just walked out from under it!) Made $25.wk. and free pass to all Martin theaters! We even had a rock band play before Monterey Pop Festival movie! I lasted a year, then worked @Miracle Strip Amusement Park on beach for $60.wk. Great memories all!!!

jwmovies on October 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Address above is incorrect. This drive-in was east of that intersection. The entrance is approx. 3100 East 5th Street. The theatre would be north of this where the trailer park stands now.

Kiminpcfl on November 25, 2013 at 9:29 am

Hi everyone. I have learned that my great grandfather Zebedee Hightower worked here as a watchmen/janitor. Does anyone remember him?

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Drive-In 54 on February 29, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Here is better address:

Everitt Ave and E 5th CT.,Panama City, FL 32401

davidcoppock on April 29, 2019 at 5:27 am

The projection booth(and snack bar underneath?) building is still used as an(office?) by the mobile home park.

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