Thunderbird Drive-In

3690 East Bay Drive,
Largo, FL 33771

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Thunderbird Drive-In

The Thunderbird Drive-In was opened February 18, 1966. It was demolished in early-1985 for a strip store plaza and apartment complex. I hope to have more info in the future. I know it was in business playing second run movies, right up to demolition.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Sandy,Largo had a Palm Drive-in there in 1956.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 15, 2010 at 11:58 pm

DUH, all the times I’ve been in Largo since I was a kid and I never paid attention to it’s drive-ins!

Mike, I never found an address for a Palm Drive-In in Largo, but it was open 1953-1957, held 300 cars and was Afro-Ameican?

Sandy, hate to confuse things, but found two other numbers for the Thunderbird on the same street:



Open 1964-1985?

Not open in 1967.

Held 800 autos.

Hope someone can come up with what for sure is the correct address, more info and photos.

sandyrand on July 16, 2010 at 10:25 am

Sorry. Address correction is 3690 East Bay. There is an Outback Steakhouse there now and the apartment is called the Columns in back. The Thunderbird occupied the entire parcel.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 16, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Bob, have some answers on Marrh and Carolina Theatre.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 17, 2010 at 12:41 am



AndyCallahanMajorMajor on July 26, 2010 at 11:42 am

The Palm was located at the corner of Ulmerton Road at US 19. Some places around here have a Clearwater address while others have a Largo one. It’s technically an unincorporated area usually attributed to Largo. Apparently the Palm later became the Ulmerton. The area has been built up for the last twenty or so years and I don’t believe any trace of the drive-in exists.

rivest266 on October 5, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Opened on February 18th, 1966.

Found on

50sSNIPES on October 21, 2021 at 1:32 pm

Opened With “Harum Scarum” And “The Great Spy Mission”. It Was Closed On August 22, 1985 With A Triple Feature: “Rambo”, “First Blood”, And “Missing In Action” As Its Last Films. It Was Demolished Less Than A Year Later In 1986.

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