By 1954, Third Street South was already one of the most desirable business addresses in Naples. The Seminole Market and the popular Beach Store, which had a soda fountain and served up famous hamburgers, lined the road on the right. This view looks to the north, with Broad Avenue South not far ahead.
Moviegoers depended on the Naples Theater for their entertainment, owned and operated by Margaret and Arnold Haynes until 1974. Yes, it was the famous quonset hut moviehouse, which had to turn off the show due to noise when it rained.
Discover more of early Naples and its unrushed lifestyle at the newly-restored Naples Depot Museum, located downtown at the intersection of Tenth Street and U.S. 41. This scene is part of a display featuring a 1957 Chevy. Look behind the car and you will see a mural-sized version.
The museum is free and open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. (Photo and caption courtesy of the Collier County Museum.)