Gainesville Drive-In

2308 SE Hawthorne Road,
Gainesville, FL 32641

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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp.

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Gainesville Drive-In

The Gainesville Drive-In opened on October 18, 1948 with Donald O'Connor in “Feudin', Fussin' & Fightin'”. It could accommodate 400 cars. On July 20, 1975 it became a twin screen theatre. The drive-in changed from main-stream movies to adult movies in the late-1970’s. The second screen was destroyed by a hurricane in 1985.

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 10:48 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 9:07 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 9:39 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.

Rainbow Angels Ensemble
Rainbow Angels Ensemble on May 14, 2024 at 6:07 pm

50sSNIPES has gave out updates on the property today.

rivest266 on May 23, 2024 at 8:19 am

Opened October 18th, 1948 and added its 2nd screen on July 20th, 1975. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on May 23, 2024 at 8:22 am

It was owned by General Cinema 1967-1974.

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