Cypress Drive-In

4500 W. Cypress Street,
Tampa, FL 33607

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Tampa Cypress Drive-In Handbill

The Cypress Drive-In was located at the corner of West Cypress Street and Westshore Boulevard in Tampa, though it has been gone for decades. I’m guessing it was where the Austin Center office complex is presently located.

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NYozoner on January 29, 2011 at 6:56 am

4500 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is currently occupied by Doubletree Hotel Tampa Westshore Airport.

Here is a 1969 aerial photo of the drive-in, which had already been closed for several years. The screen tower facing west is clearly visible, as is its shadow. It appears to have been a very small drive-in.

Richard Wheeler
Richard Wheeler on January 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Wow, what a great aerial! Thanks, NYozoner!

Nunzienick on February 3, 2011 at 12:08 am

Nice view NYozoner! I remember driving by the lot & seeing the screen tower many times after the drive-in had been closed. But seeing the lot from road level apparently obscured the figure “8” roadway in the center as I don’t recall seeing this before. Looks like a racetrack. Cypress Drive-In capacity was 270.

Also, if you scroll upwards slightly you’ll see a huge parking lot on the left and a cluster of 4 buildings towards the front. The first builing at the bottom is the brand new Loew’s Theatre recently just opened in December of 1968. It was later renamed Austin Cinema.

Nunzienick on April 13, 2011 at 5:05 am

Here’s an aerial of the former lot as it looks today:
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Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on August 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Thanks to whoever posted this nice vintage program!

Richard Wheeler
Richard Wheeler on August 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm

You’re welcome and thank you, Nick. This and several other handbills I ran across were items that appeared on eBay auctions over the past year or so. Dick Tampa

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I have been putting more of the ads on my Photo page than Theatres,Is that Right?

Richard Wheeler
Richard Wheeler on August 3, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I’m not sure if your question is directed at me, but I added handbill photos to the following theatre pages: Cypress (2), Fun Lan (1), Skyway (1), Dale Mabry (2), Floriland Drive-In (1), Palma Ceia (1). I added these through each theatre page. Is that what you were asking? Dick

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on August 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Thanks for posting them Dick. I never would have thought to look on ebay for these but I’m glad you did!

I think Mike’s question is for both of us. He’s posted many ads on his photo page and is wondering if they should be posted on the individual theatre pages instead, right Mike? I think either way is fine. But if a theatre page doesn’t have any photos at all then I would certainly post the ad on that specific page.

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