27th Avenue Drive-In

2780 NW 87th Street,
Miami, FL 33147

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rivest266 on January 26, 2020 at 10:06 am

The 27th Avenue Drive-In opened on May 27th, 1950. tiny grand opening ad posted.

davidcoppock on October 21, 2018 at 12:26 am

Opened in 1950 and closed in 1986. Screen demolished in 2001. Site is now municipality facilities.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 11, 2011 at 8:16 am

Not exactly the ideal way to make the front page.


Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 9, 2011 at 5:27 am

Owned by the Wilden Corp. in 1956.

NYozoner on January 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Here is a 1969 high resolution close-up photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

We had one here the WEIS DRIVE-in in car heat and A.C.. on CT.

TLSLOEWS on June 1, 2010 at 10:41 am

Wow an air conditioned drive-in what will they think of next.

kencmcintyre on December 12, 2009 at 11:34 am

Here is a 1980 aerial photo. It looks like they are using the space for retail now.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 16, 2008 at 4:40 pm

The Wometco 27th Avenue Drive-in was one of the longest lasting in South Florida. It was already open by 1957 and closed in 1986, outlasted by the Tropicaire and Turnpike.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 27, 2008 at 12:32 pm

There was a Turnpike Drive-In at 127th Street.

spiderman2000s on May 27, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Near Miami Dade Community College North Campus, anybody know the name of the drive in theatre between NW 119 St and NW 135 St on NW 27 th Ave? I remember it was a XXX Adult drive in theatre then became an Used Car lot in the 80’s.

Harvey on March 23, 2008 at 11:03 pm

That would probably be the North Dade Drive-In, located at NW 27th Ave @ 171st Street.

awe4one on December 21, 2007 at 6:42 pm

What was the name of the drive-in on 27th AV and 170th St of so. Lived directly across the street from the entrance (corner house) for a short time in 1969?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 22, 2007 at 5:29 am

An actual website page on Florida drive-in air conditioning!!!


Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on July 15, 2006 at 10:09 pm

Al is correct as far as the hose goes, but the diameter was much bigger than an ordinary air hose used to fill your tires. The hose was more like the vacuum hoses you now see at gas stations. The 27th Avenue Drive In featured an ac unit where the cold air was blown into the car via a large 6 inch diameter tube. The tube was connected to a plastic flange that fit just right when you closed your car window. We used to put it on the back seat because the air would freeze you to death if you put it on the driver’s window. Our station wagon’s layout was idea for this purpose.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 15, 2006 at 7:21 am

This was not the way Drive-Ins in Florida were air conditioned. Next to your speaker there was a an air tube (similar to what you use to put air into your tires)which you brought into your car and then closed all the windows. Closed windows are important at Florida Drive-Ins due to mosquitos and flying palmetto bugs (large winged cockroaches).

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 15, 2006 at 6:33 am

A quote from Kerry Segrave’s book “Drive-In Theatres” – A history from their inception in 1933 (published by McFarland & Co 1992):–

One of the attempts to air condition the great ourdoors was seen in 1953 at Phoenix, AZ, Cinema Park Drive-In. A number of fouteen foot poles were installed on the lot. Each was topped by vertically mounted propeller blades behind water pipes containing tiny holes. With the blades whirring around, water was forced up the pipes, out of the holes, and then blown across the lot in the form of a fine mist. It caused the temperature to drop, said the marketers, several degrees. A few years later a similar invention was announced. Again it was a tall pole with baldes mounted on top, horizontally this time. The idea was to circulate the air, thus lowering the humidity. Models were said to be available especially to control fog and mist as well as humidity. These units called “Fogmaster” and “Weathermaster”, could operate successfully over several acres or more. Another feature touted was that it helped overcome the mosquito nuisance. Presumably they blew them away!

Seemingly all attempts to control the climate to their patrons, greater comfort have been singularly unsuccessful.

raubre on July 15, 2006 at 5:53 am

How does a drive-in theater have air conditioning?