Gainesville Drive-In

2308 SE Hawthorne Road,
Gainesville, FL 32641

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Gainesville Drive-In

The Gainesville Drive-In opened in 1950. This twin screen could accommodate 400 cars. The drive-in changed from main stream movies to adult movies in 1970.

The Drive-In closed in 1992 screening the animated feature “Rock-A-Doodle” and was later demolished. A Lion King Supermarket and other retail units were built on the site where the theatre once stood.

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Troy Powell
Troy Powell on June 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I ran this drive in about 1985.Second screen was destroyed by hurricane. Improved food quality,sound and screen which brought up per cap about 150%. Took out terminal Devry projector & put in Brenkert projector with 4500 watt lamphouse & WOW what an improvment.

MichaelKilgore on May 5, 2021 at 1:07 pm

Boxoffice, March 25, 1963: “Alan V. Iselin of Iselin Theatres has purchased the Gainesville (Fla.) Drive-In, and will spend $75,000 in renovating the ten-year-old 560-car situation. He acquired the Trail Drive-In at Sarasota, Fla., a year ago.”

50sSNIPES on October 15, 2022 at 1:39 pm

The Lion King store closed around 2012 and later became a Save-A-Lot store until 2018. As of 2022, the grocery store was abandoned, but the Family Dollar, DJ Laundry, Eastside Pizza Cafe, and China Wok stores surrounding the abandoned grocery store were still operational.

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