You can link to my site, but please don't copy it. Thanks.

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Hello folks,

251 towns/cities now on this site, a few thousand or so to go.

Here I am. Back again. I closed this site down years ago because spammers were flooding my ‘contact me’ page. So, this is my old site, with topographical maps and some photographs, as I just don’t have the time to track new ones.

And there are new ones out there !

Years ago I read two different sites about just how many drive-ins there are/were. One said over five thousand. One said over three thousand. A site I recently read said over four thousand.

Sadly, Joe Bob Brigg’s site is down. Along with Drive-ins.com. The later one had a ton of information, which I had copied with permission.

I have found some sites that track open drive-ins. I’ll create a links page and put links to their sites on that page.

Good Luck out there !

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Categories Drive-In Movie Theaters, General

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February, 2021

Feb 25

Adding a few more Texas drive-in locations, and some for Georgia.

Finished these Texas and Georgia entries. Working on Mississippi.

Finished with Mississippi, so far.

Feb 24

I found a source for topo maps, and some satellite photos. Their interface isn't as good as terraserver, which is long gone, but I did get maps for several locations in Georgia and Texas I didn't have. Going to be very tedious, but I'll work at it as I have time. Good luck out there !

Feb 20

Added 3 more articles; a poem about Halloween Night, How characters in a horror movie can survive, and my rembrance of drive-in movie theaters.

Feb 12

Adding more Alabama locations. This will add 43 more locations. Done in the afternoon.

Feb 10

Adding the rest of the Illinois locations. Illinois is complete.

Feb 9

Added 21 locations for Louisiana.

Feb 7

The graphics links for Arkansas were pointing to the wrong location, all fixed now.

Added the Arcadia movie theater, downtown Temple, Texas.

Feb 1

Working on Arkansas 32 locations. So this will take some time.

Afternoon: All 34 Arkansas locations I have are added. Menus updated.

January, 2021

Jan 31

Added Route 66 locations.

Jan 30

I am working on Utah today, 16 locations. Utah is complete. Jan 29

Adding more Texas locations this afternoon for a total of 35 places. I don't have any more maps/photos.

I found that the waybackmachine has some of my old site on it. A few topos and photos. Mostly text. Found some items I lost around 3 computers ago. I'll be adding that to this site as I have time.

Terraserver and msrmaps are both long gone. I have found other sites with topo maps; however, their menu system, to get to the scale and type of maps I need, is highly convoluted. One said just ask for what you are looking for... but they also talk about fees. I have no money. This is a hobby.

I have about 300 topo and aerial photos. I'll create articles and add links for the few that I have as I have time.

Jan 28

I have only 35 locations for Texas. I'll be adding those today. I have completed Delaware with 6 locations and 3 I just have names and town names for.

Jan 27

Changed the navigation menus so I can more easily add cities/drive-ins to the menus.

Added 6 more locations in: Illinois and Hawaii.

My current navigation menu will not be up to the challenge of linking to every location. The screen would be so full as to make this site impossible to use. On my previous version of this site, I liked to each state's html page, then the viewer could select a town/city, then be shown the link to that town/city on my site. Too bad three dimensional arrays of links, isn't possible.

I'll work on a way to get around this site before it becomes too cumbersome.

Jan 26

Added 5 towns, 6 Drive-ins. Texas and Missouri.

Jan 25

I'll be adding more locations today. So the front page will go away and comeback, but the page is still there.

There are now 19 locations in: Alabama, Delaware, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Texas

While I have found around 100 maps and aerial photos, I still have to find my backups from years ago. I'll still keep looking.

In the afternoon: currently working on a navigation menu.

Jan 24 Starting this site back up, with a slightly different link/url.

I'll eventually add menus so it is easier to find things, information, maps, etc. But this will only be closed drive-in movie theaters.

If one has reopened, and I show it as closed, my apologies.

Added several topo maps and overhead photos.

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Categories Drive-In Movie Theaters, What's new ?

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Downtown, and the first Movie palace I ever went to. I realize this isn’t a drive-in, but it was magnificent in its day.

I found this information on http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1487

Photo: December 2, 2007 photo credit Traces of Texas.

The above site shows photos from 2001 thru 2018. No changes. I remember back around the turn of the century there was a restoration effort. I wonder what happened to that ?

I remember you went in an entrance where you paid, there was also an concession stand. Walk through a short passageway. Which was behind 2 stores on the perpendicular street. Then you got to the theater. There were no folks seating anyone when I went there. There was an attempt to bring back the seaters, but most Texans felt they could find their own seat.

Over 900 seats. A large blue neon clock on the right side of the screen. There were murals on both sides of the seating. Some statues. There were lights that shined up from the floor onto the statues and murals. When those lights dimmed, you knew the show was about to start.


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Categories Drive-In Movie Theaters, Texas

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The highway went/goes from Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, to California.

Illinois



I don't have any topographic maps, nor aerial photos, of these locations. The exception being Baxter Springs in Kansas. If I can find topos and aerial photos, I'll add them.

West Chicago had 1, Cascade Outdoor Theatre.

Cascade Outdoor Theatre is working to re-open.

Countryside had 66 Drive-In. Closed.

Versailles/Romeoville has Bel Aire Drive-In

Bloomington had Phil-Kron Drive-In. It is closed.

Springfiled had 1, 66 Drive-In. Closed.

Carlinville had 1, Diana Drive-In. Closed.

Litchfield had 1, Skyview Drive-In. Closed.

Mitchell had 1, Bel Air Drive-In. Closed.

Collinsville had 1, Falcon Drive-In. Closed.

Missouri



St. Louis had 1, Broadway Drive-In. Closed.

Crestwood had 1, "66" Park-In. Closed.

Sullivan had 1, Grand Drive-In. Closed.

Cuba had 1, 19 Drive-In. Closed.

Rolla Had 1, Rolla Drive-In. Closed.

Springfield had Holiday Drive-In, Sunset Drive-In, Queen Drive-In/Hi-M Drive-In

Carthage has 1 open, 66 Drive-In

66 Drive-In

Webb City had 1, Webb City Drive-In. Closed.

Kansas



Baxter Springs had 1, Twilite Drive-In

Oklahoma



Miami had 1, Sooner Drive-In. Closed.

Tulsa had 1 open: Admiral Twin Drive-In. Closed

Sapulpa has 1, Tee Pee Drive-In. Closed.

Oklahoma City had 1, Cinema 66

Bethany had 1, Lakeside Drive-In. Closed.

El Reno had 1, Squaw Drive-In. Closed.

Weatherford had 1, Showest/Sho-West Drive-in Theatre. Closed.

Clinton had 1, Clinton Drive-In. Closed.

Elk City had 1, 66 Drive-In. Closed.

Texas



Shamrock had 1, Pioneer Drive-In. Closed.

McLean had 1, Derby Drive-In. Closed.

Amarillo had 3: Tascosa Drive-In, Trail Drive-In, and Twin Drive-In. Closed.

New Mexico



Albuquerque had 11: 66 Drive-In, Terrace Drive-In, Albuquerque 6 Drive-In, Cactus Drive-In, Duke City Drive-In, Silver Dollar Drive-In, Star Drive-In, Sunset Drive-In, Tesuque Drive-In, Try C Drive-In, Wyoming Drive-In. I was unable to find the others. Closed.

Gallup had 2: Zuni Drive-In and Yucca Drive-In. Closed.

Grants had 1, Trail Drive-In. Closed.

Arizona



Winslow had 1, Tonto Drive-In. Closed.

California



Barstow has 1, a re-opened Skyline Drive-In. I couldn't find a web site for them, and facebook blocks me from reading about them. But I did find info on Driveinmovie.com

Lenwood had 1, Lenwood Drive-In. Closed.

Victorville had 1, Joshua Drive-In. Closed.

Rialto had 1, Foothill Drive-In. Closed.

Azusa had 1, Edwards Azusa Foothill Drive-In Theatre. Closed.

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Categories Drive-In Movie Theaters, Route 66

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Its been many a year, since I went to a drive-In Movie…

But this is the way I remember them !

Many a year ago, back around 1955, my folks and I went, to the Drive-In movie theatre !

Down the road, excited in anticipation, down to the highway, and byway, to see upon the Big Screen a war movie, or a western, and cartoons galore, or maybe Space Pirates ! Up there on the Big Screen. Fifty feet tall !

Sitting, almost bouncing, there in the back seat of the car. Well, I did bounce a few times, and was told to stop that. I had bounced so much, my Dad thought we had a flat tire…

One time, I brought my cap pistols, to help the Good Guys battle the Bad Guys. I wore my cowboy hat and cap pistol belt over my pajamas. And how I accidentlly left the caps in there. Gee, did my Dad jump when I fired my toy pistol at the Bad Guys… and hit his head on the inside of the car roof. We left early… oh well. But I had fun, up to that point in time.

The concession stand popcorn and the large soda pop drink, it was cheaper than going to the movie show in town.

My folks particularly liked dollar a car night ! But you had to go early, otherwise the long lines might mean there was no room left by the time we got up to the ticket booth.

I never saw a pony ride there, but they had swings and slides. Sometimes I could go and swing, and have fun. Other times I had to sit in the car, ‘cause dad had a headache and didn’t want to chase me back to the car because I wanted to see the movie, while swinging on that swing. And my folks wanting me back in the car. I enjoyed those swings.

Its kinda hard to tell you, just what the experience was like. To see our Heroes, and the Bad Guys, up there, on the Big Screen.

If you ever saw a movie at one of the movie palaces, that would be close.

But I don’t remember it rivaling the size of the people and monsters at the Drive-In Movie Theatre Picture Show !

The sounds were tinny, of that you could be sure, but those ray guns and space ships paid no attention to that !
Space ships and monsters, looked much larger there !

At the Drive-In Movie Picture Show.

Back in the days, of the double-feature ! On some nights, there were three movies ! All for one price. Two cartoons, before and after the Main Attraction. Out there, in the dark of the Drive-In Movie Theatre Big Screen !

Popcorn, candy, and hot dogs with mustard, from the concession stand.

Oh, I remember the thrill of seeing those 1950s B-Movies at the Drive-In Movie Theatre Big Screen !

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A POV-Ray drawing I made years ago.