Miami Drive-In

705 NW 81st Street,
Miami, FL 33150

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Previously operated by: E.M. Loew's Theaters Inc.

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Miami Drive-In

An E.M. Loew drive-in, the Miami Drive-In was opened on February 18, 1938 with William Gargan in “Fury and the Woman”. It operated until April 5, 1979 when its final movies were Vic Morrow in “The Evictors” & Yaphet Kotto in “Monkey Hustle”. This theatre almost always ran first-run double features.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 15, 2010 at 8:49 am

The Miami Drive-In opened in 1938 and was advertised as the largest drive-in in the country. It closed in 1977.

TLSLOEWS on July 16, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Thanks Al. E.M. Loew, Elias M.Loew 1898-1984 from Austria once owned 70 hardtop theatres and 17 drive-ins, motels, hotels, and a racetrack.One of the drive-in Motels was the 52 room Gulfstream Drive-in which has its own listing on C.T.the motel was built on both side of the drive-in screen.

JFlo on May 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm

My research has found that this was Florida’s first drive-in theatre.
It would be interesting to know how this location is used present day.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 9, 2011 at 5:25 am

I have it parking 1000 cars not 600 mentioned above.{Miami Drive-in Theatres}.

rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 7:51 am

This opened on February 18th, 1938. I uploaded the grand opening ad and an reprocessed USGS aerial from 1969 here.

tzwicky on May 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm

A mixed-use, Miami-Dade County complex is just finishing up construction on the site of the Miami Drive-In. There’s a branch library, and other outposts of county government open for use. I saw films here in 1972, during my 12th school year, and a classmate worked there (which is the only reason I can recall the date). I think I saw a Godzilla film at this theatre.

DavidZornig on May 3, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Newspaper print ad added from the Miami Daily News, July 2, 1950.

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on August 31, 2018 at 5:54 am

Final night of operation was April 5, 1979 with “The Evictors” and “Monkey Hustle”

rivest266 on January 25, 2020 at 12:21 pm

Grand opening ad reposted with a better quality version.

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