Suburbia Triple Drive-In

2801 NW 13th Streeet,
Gainesville, FL 32609

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Previously operated by: ABC Florida State Theatres

Previous Names: Suburbia Center Drive-In

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Suburbia Center Drive-In

The Suburbia Center Drive-In was on Route 50 and opened in 1952 with a capacity for 700 cars. It was operated by Shafer Theatres Inc & ABC Theatrical Entertainment. In 1971 it had a brief spell screening adult movies. Around 1973 another two screens were added.

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AndyCallahanMajorMajor on November 9, 2010 at 10:34 pm

I think this one would’ve been at about 2801 NW 13th Street. It’s been a Sam’s Club since at least 1995.

jwmovies on December 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm


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Jeremy Garrett on July 20, 2017 at 5:22 pm

Actually, an article on says that this was a Sam’s Club from 1990 to 2016 when they decided to move to Butler Plaza. And apparently, there’s now a store called Rural King where this drive-in once stood.

MichaelKilgore on December 30, 2019 at 4:38 pm

Boxoffice ran a full-page layout on the Suburbia Center Drive-In in its Sept. 6, 1952 issue, including several photos of its unusual screen tower and concession building. The tower included three floors of apartments for personnel, and the three-story concession stand included 350 theatre seats on its second floor.

davidcoppock on December 31, 2019 at 4:19 am

Thats the first multi level concession stand, i have heard of at a drive-in theatre.

davidcoppock on December 31, 2019 at 4:19 am

How tall was that screen tower?

50sSNIPES on August 22, 2021 at 1:37 am

The Suburbia Drive-In once had a brief stunt with X rated films throughout 1971 but stopped before 1972 came along, and returned to normal film runs including first-run. 2 more screens were added in either late 1973 or early 1974.

50sSNIPES on October 17, 2021 at 12:32 am

One of the owners of the Suburbia was once arrested by an FBI agent, and would later plead not guilty over an obscenity film in July 1974. Throughout the rest of the 1970s is where the theater had a bunch of ups-and-downs on films and even projection, as more incidents were being taken place there.

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