Le Jeune Drive-In
1200 NW 42nd Avenue,
1200 NW 42nd Avenue,Miami, FL 33126
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The Oct. 7, 1950 issue of Boxoffice included a full page on the Le Jeune, focusing on the raised stage under the screen. It also mentioned that the drive-in’s capacity was 800 cars.
42nd Street is also Le Jeune Road, named after a Belgian developer who once owned most of the land around it.
Why the name Le Jeune? The name sounds French?
It was opened on May 25, 1950 by the Bernstein Theater Circuit. The first movie to play there was called Barricade, with Ruth Roman, Dane Clark, and Raymond Massey.
As a teenager went here a lot in the mid 60’s. With girl friends and never saw much of the movie and hiding friends in the trunk to avoid paying. Great times
Correction: NY is correct. It is Avenue, not Street. They both exist in this city.
The map above doesn’t seem to be any where near LeJeune Road.
1201 NW 42nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126
The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. The address currently in the heading is off by almost 4 miles to the northeast.
Here is a 1969 high resolution aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.
A night time view of the Le Jeune Auto Theatre can be seen in the opening sequence of the first segment of TCM’s new series “MOGULS AND MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD”
FOR SOME REASON WHEN YOU MENTION MIAMI YOU TEND NOT TO THINK OF DRIVE-IN THEATRES. THE LE JEUNE AUTO DRIVE- IN THEATRE PARKED 700 CARS IN THE LATE 50’S AND WAS OWNED BY LE JEUNE AUTO , INC.
The Le Jeune had room for 800 cars and operated from at least 1949 to 1970.
Saw Hitchcock’s “Psycho” there in 1960. We also had a frightening thunderstorm with enough rain to float a battleship, thunder to wake up the dead and lightening to burn your eyeballs!
After the LeJune closed it was demolished for a big chain hotel and a series of ramps in and out of the airport.