1881 Sunrise Highway,
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The Bayshore-Sunrise Drive-In opened in May 26, 1955 as a single screen theatre with a capacity for 1,500 cars. The opening movies were Fred Astaire in “Daddy Long Legs”, a CinemaScope feature, and Joel McCrea in “Stranger on Horseback”. It was operated by Associated Prudential Theatres Inc.
There were two ticket booths at the entrance which could serve four cars at one time. There was a children’s play area, complete with a ‘Miracle Star Gazer’ motor driven ferris wheel and a merry-go-round. Beneath the 135 feet wide CinemaScope screen were shuffle board courts, and there was a juke box and dance area beside the concession stand.
In the 1970’s the Bayshore-Sunrise Drive-In was twinned and to the day it closed in 1990, it would show first-run movies with a co-feature. This drive-in was well-maintained pretty much to the end, unlike the fate other UA drive-ins had.
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