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Texas Drive-ins

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Circle Drive-in
Waco, TX

The Circle Drive-in opened in 1947 and closed in 1982. The screen tower's mural originally depicted two Indians at a campfire. In 1964, the scene was replaced with a bear running through a stadium. This mural is barely visible now. The bear is the mascot of the local college, Baylor University. The screen tower is now used as an insurance office while the parking area is used for the Treasure City Flea Market. For more, see this website. [map]

Bonham Drive-in
Bonham, TX
Midway Drive-in
Sweetwater, TX
Starlite Drive-in
Schertz, TX
The Bonham Drive-in was built by the mid-1950s. It has been abandoned for many years. [map]

The Midway Drive-in was built in 1948 and has been closed since the mid-1970s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Starlite Drive-in has been closed for many years but the ticket booth is still standing. This photo is from 2008. By 2013, the letters had been removed from the roof of the ticket booth. For more, see this website. [map]

271 Drive-in
Paris, TX
Jefferson Drive-in [gone]
Dallas, TX

The 271 Drive-in opened in 1948. It has been abandoned since the mid-1980s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Jefferson Drive-in opened in 1949 and closed in 1987. It reopened in 1989 but closed again in 1990. The six-story screen tower featured a neon mural of cartoon characters playing in a band while a man and woman danced. It was the only remaining drive-in still standing in the Dallas area. In 2003 when these photos were taken, it was being used as a truck parking lot. The Dallas school district bought the site in 2004 and the remaining screentower and ticket booth were demolished to build a new elementary school. The marquee sign was moved and repurposed for Red's Roadhouse in Kennedale, TX. For more, see this website. [map]

Brazos Drive-in
Granbury, TX
Sandell Drive-in
Clarendon, TX
The Brazos Drive-in opened in 1952 and is still in operation. For more, see this website. [map]

The Sandell Drive-in opened in 1955 and closed in 1984. It reopened in 2002. The ticket booth is a repurposed Clic Photo kiosk. For more, see this website. [map]

Santikos Mission 4 Drive-in Theatre
San Antonio, TX
2006: 2011:

The Santikos Mission 4 Drive-in Theatre opened in 1948. There were two screens in the 1970s and at some point two others were added. This drive-in closed in 2007. In 2009, it was announced that a library and park will be built on the site while the screen tower would be preserved. In 2011, the screen tower was being restored. In 2013, the screen tower was repainted and neon added to simulate the original look. For more, see these websites: 1, 2 and 3. [map]

Redland Drive-in Theatre
Lufkin, TX

The Redland Drive-in Theatre was probably built in the 1950s. It has been closed since the early 1990s. For more, see this website. [map]

Sky-Vue Drive-in
Lamesa, TX

The Sky-Vue Drive-in was built in 1948 and is still in operation. The sign appears to be either modern or a replacement of the original. It was repainted and the neon restored around 2011. These photos are from 2012. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Sky Vue Drive-in
Tyler, TX
Kilgore Drive-in
Kilgore, TX
Starlite Drive-in
Brenham, TX

The Sky Vue Drive-in opened in 2007. This sign was built at that time. For more, see this website. [map]

The Kilgore Drive-in has been demolished but this sign remains. This photo is from 2011. In 2013, the property was developed for a school and the sign was adapted. The message panels were replaced with an LED electronic message board. [map]

The Starlite Drive-in opened around the 1950s and closed in 1985. The first photo above is from 2006; the second from 2011. For more, see this website. [map]

Midway Drive-in
Turkey, TX

The Midway Drive-in was built in 1955. It closed in 1987 but then reopened in 2000. It has closed and reopened a couple times since then. [map]

Bronco Drive-in
El Paso, TX

The Bronco Drive-in opened 1949 and closed in 1975. The lot is now used as a flea market but the marquee still stands. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Last Drive-in Picture Show
Gatesville, TX

The Last Drive-in Picture Show opened in 1950 as the Circle Drive-in. In 1964, it became the Town & Country Drive-in. It was renamed the Last Drive-in Picture Show in 1989. In 1972, a walk-in theatre was added. There is also a mini golf. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Graham Drive-in
Graham, TX

The Graham Drive-in opened in 1955 and is still operating. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Galaxy Drive-in Theatre
Ennis, TX