In 1933, there was one drive-in theater operating in the
United States. The peak number was in 1958 with 4063.
The number open in 2004 was 417 and today only 12 remain.
The Galaxy Drive-In near Ellis opened a few years ago
and is the first drive-in theater to open in North Texas
in decades. Photos by Webmaster.
Remains of the Trail Drive-In Theater
located near Athens.
The Joy Drive-In closed in the late-1970s after opening in 1952. It was
located between Cisco & Eastland on the old Bankhead Hwy. Wesley Walker
owned it for a time. Remains of the theater are unknown.
The Sandell Drive-In near Clarendon has been in operation over 60 years
Jefferson Drive-In Theater is the only
remaining drive-in around the Dallas
area. It is located at 4506 W. Jefferson
Blvd. in Oak Cliff but will be torn down
in early 2004 to make room for a new school.
This drive-in opened in 1949 and closed in
1987 but reopened in 1989 for a few years.
The Gemini Drive-In was located at North Central Expressway and Forest
Lane. It opened in 1965 and was of the most successful theaters in the
country. The Gemini closed in 1984 and was torn down to become an auto
dealership. The Astro Drive-In and Apollo were also built in 1965.
The remains of the Twin Drive-In is
located near Lancaster Ave. in Fort
The Last Drive-In Picture Show opened in 1950 near Gatesville & operates
The Graham Drive-In Theater dates back to 1948 & is open summer weekends.
The Brazos Drive-In is located near Granbury.
It's over 50 years old and still operating.
The Skyvue Drive-In is located on Hwy. 87S
near Lamesa and does a booming business
on the weekend. It is famous for the
"Chihuahua" sandwich which is also sold
for take-out. The drive-in has recently
closed due to a fire & may not open again.
The grandson of the Skyvue owner has a
a new drive-in near Lubbock.
The WesMer Drive-In opened in the late 1940s near Mercedes.
The BigSky Drive-In near Midland uses digital cinema projectors and has a
The Dixie Drive-In was located in Olden and closed years ago.
The Plano Drive-In was located at Hwy. 75/Parker Road opening
in 1969 and closing in 1984 . A shopping center was built there
after the drive-in was demolished.
The Tower Drive-In in Rule last closed in 2012.
The Mission 4 Drive-In was located on Roosevelt Ave. south of downtown
San Antonio. It opened in 1948 and closed in 2007 due to vandals.
The Midway Drive-In is located near Sweetwater and is closed.
Circle Drive-In was built in 1947 and is
located on LaSalle Ave. in Waco. It has
been closed for many years and is now a
Drive-Ins in Texas are making a modest comeback with new ones popping up.
The Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In is a small 50-car boutique theater.
The Galaxy Drive-In opened in 2004 near Ennis.
The Coyote Drive-In opened in 2013 & has four screens.
The Coyote Drive-In opened in 2016 & has five screens.
The Stars & Stripes Drive-In has three screens & accommodates more
than 1000 cars.
The Stars & Stripes Drive-In opened in 2015 with three screens
& 1000-car capacity.
The Sky Vue Drive-In opened in 2007 near Tyler.