Palms Drive-In

11040 Florida 97,
Walnut Hill, FL 32568

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres

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Palms Drive-In

Located just to the south of the Florida-Alabama state line, the Palms Drive-In was often listed as being in Atmore, AL. The Palms Drive-In was opened on June 29, 1950 with Preston Foster in “The Big Cat”. It was operated by the Martin Theatres chain. It had a capacity for 304-cars and the screen was 36ft x 50ft. Two months after opening, on August 30, 1950, the screen was destroyed by Hurricane Baker. A new superstructure screen was installed and the drive-in reopened on September 8, 1950.

Later, the Palms Drive-In was taken over by John Smith, who was also the manager of the Strand Theatre, Atmore, AL. The capacity was increased to 400-cars and in 1955 it was equipped with CinemaScope. The Palms Drive-In was closed in 1963.

Contributed by James Monroe, 50sSNIPES

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Kenmore on May 31, 2021 at 4:10 pm

A closer address is 11040 FL-97, McDavid, Florida.

The drive-in was located close to the intersection of FL-97 and Greenland Road sitting near the NE corner. It’s remnants can be seen in a 1981 aerial.

Today, the property is covered with trees with no remains of the drive-in visible.

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Drive-In 54 on May 31, 2021 at 5:19 pm

After double checking the location it is at 11040 FL-97, Walnut Hill, FL 32568 Florida.

GPS:30.991057, -87.489313

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