Florida’s drive-in movie theaters are living proof of the adage: “History repeats itself.” More than five decades after drive-in theaters enjoyed their peak of popularity, Americans have started to return to the drive-in theaters that still remain across the country, including theaters located in rural areas. During the first month of the COVID-19 outbreak, Ocala Drive-In Theater made national news as one of the few venues in the nation that remained open for business during a nationwide social-distancing ordinance.
While the overall number of drive in theaters across the country has dramatically decreased, there are several drive in theaters across Florida. Below is a list of drive in movie theater locations across Florida. Please note that during COVID-19, some theaters may only offer classic movies due to temporary studio shutdowns.
Fort Lauderdale Drive In and Swap Shop: Located at 3291 W. Sunrise Blvd. For Lauderdale. For showtimes and ticket info, visit Floridaswapshop.com.
Fun Lan Drive-in Theatre: Located at 2302 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. For Lauderdale. For showtimes and ticket info, visit Floridaswapshop.com/tampa.
Joy-Lan Drive In, Dade City: Located at 16414 U.S. Highway 301, Dade City, the Joy-Lan is located between Orlando and Lakeland. Unlike other drive in theaters across the Sunshine State, Dade City’s venue features only one screen and one back-to-back double feature with a brief intermission. Movie audio is played via an FM radio station. A concession stand is located in the center of the grass field. Menu options may change, but recent options include pizza, hot dogs, burger dogs, nachos, popcorn, cotton candy, boxed candy and soft drinks. For showtimes and ticket info, visit Joylandrivein.com.
Lake Worth Drive-in and Swap Shop: Located at 3438 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, Florida. For showtimes and ticket info, visit Floridaswapshop.com/lake-worth.
Ocala Drive-In Theater and Flea Market: Located at 4850 S. Pine Ave., Ocala, FL, approximately 90 miles northwest of Orlando, the Ocala Drive-In movie theater was one of the few drive in movie theaters to remain open during the first month of Coronavirus COVID-19 quarantine.
Ocala’s venue offers two screens, with a double-feature on each screen. A concession stand is located in the center of the campuses. Parking spots are unpaved, so be mindful if rain precedes your visit. For showtimes and ticket info, visit Ocaladrivein.info
Ruskin Family Drive-in Theatre: Located at 5011 N. U.S. Highway 41, in Ruskin, FL: the Ruskin Family Drive-In lives up to its name and doesn’t allow alcohol or noisy or disruptive guests. Ruskin also touts a 2,000 square foot screen and prides itself on its snack bar and clean facilities. Ruskin is open year round rain or shine, hot or cold, including holidays. For showtimes and ticket info, visit Ruskinfamilydrivein.com.
Silver Moon Drive-in Theatre, Lakeland: Located at 4100 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, FL, the Silver Moon Drive-In Theater in Lakeland is approximately one hour northwest of Orlando, and among the largest drive-in theaters in the state. Two screens on a paved lot play a double-feature each night. For showtimes and ticket info, visit Silvermoondrivein.com.