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Palmer Drive-In
George Palmer Highway (MD 704; now Martin Luther King Jr. Highway), about mile east of US 50, Lanham, Md.
years of operation:
1954-80
currently:
Hansen-Palmer Business Park

The second of the two drive-ins (the first was the Super Chief in southern Prince George's) built by the D.C.-based Louis Bernheimer circuit; later operated by District Theatres. Located next door to a rod & gun club which, in the mid-'70s, held outdoor target practice on Wednesday nights. For some time after its closing it was used as a flea market. It's now one of a cluster of business parks along that sector of Route 704. Ironically, one of the park's occupants is a 1950s-themed restaurant called "Cafe 57".

Click here for an interactive 1980 aerial photo of the drive-in (zoom in or out, or compare to older or newer photos of the same site).

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Below: the opening night ad from July 23, 1954.