Citrus Drive-In

1155 N. Florida Avenue,
Hernando, FL 34442

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MichaelKilgore on May 6, 2019 at 8:44 am

Attempting to answer Bob Jensen’s question: A 1951 aerial view of the site shows an empty field.

The Citrus’s first appearance in the Motion Picture Almanac was the 1953-54 edition, where it was listed as capacity 150, owned by A.B.C. Theatres.

Motion Picture Daily reported on May 12, 1955 that J. Williams Mullins had purchased the Citrus from J. B. Wagner. The 1955-56 Theatre Catalog listed the owner as J.W. Mullins (and capacity 200), but the MPA didn’t notice any ownership change until 1960 when it said it was Gordon Peck.

The Citrus’s final appearance in the MPA drive-in list was the 1965 edition.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on January 13, 2015 at 4:26 pm is an aerial from 1960. It was located were your business is at. It looks like one of your smaller buildings could have been the projection booth and concession stand at one time. I just guessing by looking at the 1960 aerial and Goggle street view.

excelautomotive1155 on September 23, 2013 at 7:06 am

I am the current resident of this property. I own the business, Excel Automotive on this premises. I too am looking to find out about this “said” drive-in, but have found absolutely nothing. I can see remnants of a where a few buildings were erect and a really old light pole buried in the woods. But otherwise nothing else on the layout of the drive-in. Images, blueprints or photo’s would be nice to see.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

It did park 150 cars and in 1956 it was owned by A.B.C. Theatres. I don’t think they were the same ABC theatres I worked,we were with the Network.

NYozoner on January 25, 2011 at 3:49 am

1155 N Florida Ave, Hernando, FL 34442

The mapping will work with either Inverness or Hernando, as long as the 3442 zip code is used. The drive-in was about midway between both towns.

NYozoner on January 25, 2011 at 3:45 am

1155 N Florida Ave, Inverness, FL 34442

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is vaguely visible using Google Earth historic aerial imagery. You can make out the shape of the parking area, and the entrance/exit driveways are easy to spot.

The earliest aerial photos available for this location are from 1977, and the resolution of the photos was too low to provide conclusive evidence for the drive-in, but the location matches up with exactly with description offered by the local historian below the theatre heading.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on November 25, 2010 at 8:53 am

Open ~1955-~1964? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

Held 150 cars.

Could use an exact address, more info and photos.