Harlem Drive-In

100 Gober Street,
Lakeland, FL 33815

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Harlem Drive-In Theatre Handbill

One of Lakeland’s, short lived drive-in theatres was the Harlem Drive-In. It was advertised for Negro Patrons only. It opened on June 7, 1954, screening the 1953 drama “Houdini” starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. The second feature was the 1952 war drama “Retreat Hell” with Frank Lovejoy and Richard Carlson with a cartoon. It was opened by Mrs. Charles Tracy and could part 200-cars. In looking at theatre advertisements it looks like it closed in December of 1954. It is now the Meadowbrook Mobile Home Park.

GPS Coordinates: 28.040118, -82.013827

Contributed by Richard, Randy Studer

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 9, 2011 at 5:22 am

It parked 200 cars and was owned by Mrs.Charles Tracy,Richard.

Richard Wheeler
Richard Wheeler on July 9, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Thanks, Mike. I’m glad to hear from someone about it!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 10, 2011 at 8:08 am

Source 1956 Motion picture Almanac,wish it had more.

rivest266 on November 15, 2011 at 1:06 am

This was about a mile north of the Silver Moon drive-in. I upload an aerial of both drive-ins from 1957 from the USGS.

jwmovies on October 7, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Approx location for this drive-in was around 100 Gober Street, although this street did not exist at the time the theatre was open.

davidcoppock on October 12, 2020 at 4:05 am

The site now, might be just the ramps(and entrance or exit road?) and fence and gate along the front of tne site.

Kenmore on October 12, 2020 at 5:16 am

There is no trace of the Harlem Drive-In remaining. It is mostly an open field, but there are no ramps or any indication that a drive-in was once there.

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