3910 Navy Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Gulf States Theatres
The Twinair Drive-In was opened on October 16, 1952, featuring the 1952 adventure/drama “Scarlet Angel” with Yvonne DeCarlo, Rock Hudson and Richard Denning. The Twinair Drive-In featured dual screens with a capacity for nearly 1,000 cars and was the first twin-screen drive-in to open in Pensacola. The Twinair Drive-In was also one of the first to feature CinemaScope sized screens. A small house was situated in the middle of the drive-in, where the manager could live.
In 1972, T.G. Solomon, president of Gulf States Theatres, recalls “that when plans were first being made for Pensacola’s Twinair Drive-In there were only a few hundred open-air theatres in the country. I realized that drive-in theatres had a great future, and I began pursuing the building and purchasing of drive-ins in 1948 after forming Gulf States Theatres. The arrival of the baby twins on April 22, 1952, was a surprise, as we were expecting but one child. At that point, I decided to start building twin screen drive-in theatres rather than single screen ones”. At this time Gulf States Theatres were also operating the Palafox Drive-In.
The Tiwnair Drive-In was destroyed by Hurricane Frederick on September 12, 1979. The former drive-in site is now a water retention pond.
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