TAMPA, FLORIDA, December 2021: Crab Devil, a Tampa-based multi-media art collective, who recently acquired a piece of Tampa Bay history, is uninstalling the iconic Fun-Lan Drive-In theater marquee, both today and tomorrow, December 13 and December 14, 2021. Fun-Lan Drive-In theater, one of the last drive-ins in the Tampa Bay area, has closed its doors. To honor and preserve the history of Fun-Lan, Crab Devil has officially purchased the iconic marquee that greeted guests for 71 years.
“We at Crab Devil are devastated at the loss of Fun Lan, the last of Tampa’s original drive-in theaters, along with all of the vendors and families that made it so special for all these years.”, comments CEO of Crab Devil, Devon Brady. “The old sign is the most visible and recognizable symbol of that legacy, and we feel that it’s the least that we can do to preserve it for posterity and celebrate the joy that it brought to Tampa for so long.”
The historic signage will be featured in “The Peninsularium,” Crab Devil’s premiere immersive art attraction opening in Tampa Summer 2022. “The Peninsularium” will highlight Florida’s eccentric culture and curious history, making Fun-Lan’s infamous marquee a perfect addition to the much-anticipated experience.
“We are thankful for the efforts of people like Kelly Benjamin who saw an opportunity and thought they could make it happen, as well as the management and ownership at Fun Lan who heard this crazy proposal and thought it sounded pretty good too.”
Crab Devil is thrilled to save this piece of Tampa history and showcase it through a unique art and cultural experience.
About Crab Devil
Crab Devil, LLC is a Tampa-based multimedia art collective of artists, designers, curators, musicians, writers, programmers, brewers, philosophers, and makers. “The Pennisularium” is an immersive arts attraction imagined as a family-friendly cabinet of curiosities ripe with kitsch. The installation explores the fantastical history and lore of Florida, showcasing the state at its most weird, wild, and wonderful. “The Pennisularium” presented by Crab Devil is Tampa’s first and only permanent, immersive art installation experience. Crab Devil was founded on the vision of harnessing these talents, and featuring a roster of rotating artists, in one centralized location. To learn more about Crab Devil please visit crabdevil.com.
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Fun-Lan Drive-In Address: 2302 E Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33610