#1 Drive-In

409 US Highway 98,
Apalachicola, FL 32320

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Previous Names: Shell Drive-In

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#1 Drive-In

P.J. Nichols purchased the Shell Drive-In in 1955 and renamed it the #1 Drive-In. It closed around 1970. Capacity was 150 cars.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 26, 2015 at 7:24 am

This address should work:

409 US Highway 98 Apalachicola, FL 32320

TheALAN on January 31, 2016 at 4:10 pm

When did the Shell Drive-In (original name) open and who was the architect? Ken McIntyre says P.J. Nichols bought the theater in 1955, renaming it #1 Drive-In. Who the hell was P.J. Nichols anyway? Ken says it closed around 1970.

The drive-in, at 409 Avenue E – U.S. Hwy. 98 @ 26th St., was demolished and is now home to an Ace Hardware.

TheALAN on January 31, 2016 at 4:22 pm

If anyone can add more to these comments, please do — and thank you!

davidcoppock on May 31, 2018 at 3:28 am

The site is now a hardware store(Ace), a supermarket(IGA), and a Family Savers store(and possibly Burger King restaurant too?).

MichaelKilgore on August 14, 2021 at 8:01 pm

Boxoffice, March 19, 1955: “James Nichols is the new owner of the Shell Drive-In and has changed its name to the No. 1 Drive-In. An improvement program will be started at once which will include the installation of CinemaScope. Stereophonic sound, new equipment and other improvements are planned. There is to be a new concession stand and it is probable that short order hot snacks will be available.”

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