3140 S. Atlantic Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Dixie Drive-In Theatres
Previous Names: Neptune Family Drive-In
The Neptune Drive-In opened December 22, 1950 with John Derek in Rouges of Sherwood Forest". Car capacity was listed at 500 cars. It was operated by Dixie Drive-In Theatres chain. It was located a block from the ocean.
The Neptune Drive-In in closed in 1964 but began use as a Christian Drive-In Church which still operates in 2017. The projection building was demolished by July 2022.
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Located on South Atlantic Ave. Chuck, On June 5 1958 the NEPTUNE FAMILY DRIVE-in As it was called then, was playing “SHOWBOAT” and “SINGING IN THE RAIN”.
There are some pictures on this former drive-in as a church on its gallery page at Drive-ins.com: http://www.drive-ins.com/gallery/fltdri3
I posted the December 22nd, 1950 grand opening ad in the photo section of this theatre’s page
Video from 1997: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtruNeNEDGk
In 2017 this is still the Daytona Drive-In Christian Church. An August 1, 2017 article in the NY Times includes a short but nicely shot and edited video documentary. If this link doesn’t work, go to the Times site and search on “Drive-In Jesus”.
On both Google and Bing Maps, the property is fully recognizable as a former drive-in, with concessions building and many of the speaker poles still remaining.
Boxoffice, April 30, 1962: “It is reported that Jack Kain is scheduled to take over operation of the Neptune Drive-In, Daytona Beach, from Dixie Drive-In Theatres June 1.”
Opened on 22nd December 1950 with “Rogues of Sherwood Forest”.
The projection booth/concession stand was recently removed. It appears as late as the August 2019 Google Street View, but was gone by July 2022.