By Jane Feehan
The opening was a big event for the town; Mayors Turbeville of Oakland Park, Haymaker and Schwartz of Hollywood, Bland of Pompano, and Frost of Dania also participated in the celebration. The Fort Lauderdale High School band played and the entire inaugural program was recorded for playback on radio station WFTL. The feature movie was Centennial Summer. Refreshments were served at cars upon signal.
As of June, 2012, UDITOA reports 366 open air theaters remain. Seven, and by some other accounts 11, drive-ins operate today in Florida. In Fort Lauderdale, the Thunderbird or Swap Shop Drive-In Theater still packs them in on West Sunrise Boulevard.
Fort Lauderdale News, Jan. 14, 1948
Christian Science Monitor, June 6, 2012
United Drive-In Theater Owners Association at www.uditoa.org
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