Al's Drive-In

2975 U.S. 90 W.,
Bonifay, FL 32425

175 cars

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Al's Drive-In

Opened in 1953, when the owner of Al’s Drive-In was B.H. Schuessler. A.C. Saunders owned Al’s Drive-In circa early-1960’s. Capacity was 175 cars.

It was still open in 1980, and possibly lasted a little longer. By 2014, the screen had gone but the projection and concession building remains.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm

He was probably the Al in Al’s Drive-In.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 18, 2010 at 12:11 am

You think so ken mc.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on April 5, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Looks like it’s been gone awhile.

US 90, west of town:

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rivest266
rivest266 on November 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I have uploaded an aerial photo from 1966.

zebulongrady
zebulongrady on June 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm

The last time I saw this drive in, the poles for the marquee were still standing and the concession projection building was still intact. Cows were grazing on the lot.

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 1, 2012 at 5:49 am

Approx. address is Hwy 90 and Henry Grey.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 27, 2022 at 1:44 am

This drive-in must have opened before 1955. An item datelined Bonifay, Fla., in the January 17, 1953 issue of Boxoffice said “Al Saunders has installed new Century equipment in his 250-car Al’s Drive-In here”.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on January 27, 2022 at 12:04 pm

Looks like Joe Vogel nailed the opening year.

Boxoffice, June 20, 1953: “Bonifay, Ala. (sic) - Al’s New Drive-In opened here recently. It is owned by Al Saunders.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on January 27, 2022 at 12:18 pm

Also, the property was sold as a “drive-in movie location” in May 2020. The asking price had been $225k. More details and a video at this Facebook page.

Kenmore
Kenmore on January 27, 2022 at 3:27 pm

A 1984 aerial shows the drive in intact, but it may have been closed as several trucks/containers (hard to tell) are sitting near the entrance.

By 1994, the screen was gone.

Sold as a “drive in movie location” in 2020, that is the definition of “technically true”.

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