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Movies Under The Stars

Featuring two films and a cast of mosquitoes, the Vero Beach Drive-In was a family treat for moms and dads and for kids trying to get away from mom and dad.

Hula-hoops. Frisbees. Drag races. Pizza parlors.  Rock ‘n’ roll. All of these words evoke images that bring back the summers of adolescence for Americans who grew up in the 1950s and early ’60s. For many others, however, one phrase says it all: Drive-In.

Vero Beach was no exception.    Whether it was hormonal teenagers in search of a love nest, or mom and dad taking the family for a treat, the Vero Beach Drive-In was one of the hot spots in town for more than 30 years.  Opening in 1950, just 17 years after the first “ozoner” (yes, that’s what they were called originally) debuted in Camden, New Jersey, the Vero Drive-In remained in continuous operation until it closed its doors in 1980.

Read the entire article in the November 2000 issue