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I personally remember Bonnie & Clyde being a big hit at drive-in theatres.

I'm fairly certain thats the first place I ever saw it. :/

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It was kind of neat to be walking back to the car from the snack area while seeing an "Earthquake" destroy Los Angeles on left screen, middle screen with Star Wars explosions and right screen with Cheech & Chong toking away on a giant doobie.

All at ONE time. :P Old McClendon Triple days.

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It was kind of neat to be walking back to the car from the snack area while seeing an "Earthquake" destroy Los Angeles on left screen, middle screen with Star Wars explosions and right screen with Cheech & Chong toking away on a giant doobie.

All at ONE time. :P Old McClendon Triple days.

That would have an experience to have been surrounded by three screens. Back in those days, only two drive-in theatres over here had two screens: Showtown U.S.A. in Beaumont and the Don Drive-In in Port Arthur. If you'll look them up on Drive-ins.com, you'll see photos and newspaper ads that I posted.

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I talked to an assistant principal of a school that I substituted at last week. He told me that he was originally from Baytown. I asked him about the Decker Drive-In Theatre. He said that it was the only one in Baytown and that it had one screen. Someone else on this forum said that it had two screens. Maybe someone out there knows for certain how many screens it had.

I grew up very near the Decker drive-in in Baytown. Originally, it had one screen that faced away from Decker Drive (now Spur 330). Sometime about 1974-76, they added the second screen. I clearly recall becoming bored with Island of Doctor Moreau and turning around to watch Corvette Summer. I also recall seeing Bonnie And Clyde at the Decker.

Last spring, on our way home from Canyon, Texas we drove through Quitaque (kitta-kaye), Texas and were stunned to see an honest-to-goodness functioning drive-in movie theater out off the highway. God bless West Texas!

I also recall the infamous Red Bluff Drive-in and its XXX fare. Just across the highway was the Capitan which I distinctly recall advertising Deep Throat by spray painting the title on a bed sheet and hanging it over the marquee. Just tacky, as my mom would say.The Decker actually showed X-rated films once or twice as well as European "art" flicks that were sure to flash flesh a time or two.

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It was kind of neat to be walking back to the car from the snack area while seeing an "Earthquake" destroy Los Angeles on left screen, middle screen with Star Wars explosions and right screen with Cheech & Chong toking away on a giant doobie. All at ONE time. :P Old McClendon Triple days.
I just looked at the McClendon on Drive-ins.com. Wow! That place was huge! But if you'll look at the photo of the screen where the cars parked all the way at the rear, how could those people see the screen clearly? I know that I wouldn't have been able to.That's what I remember about going to the movies when I was a kid. Things were just the opposite between a walk-in and a drive-in theatre. At a walk-in, people didn't want to sit at or close to the front rows. At a drive-in, people didn't want to park in or near the rear rows.
I grew up very near the Decker drive-in in Baytown. Originally, it had one screen that faced away from Decker Drive (now Spur 330). Sometime about 1974-76, they added the second screen. I clearly recall becoming bored with Island of Doctor Moreau and turning around to watch Corvette Summer. I also recall seeing Bonnie And Clyde at the Decker.Last spring, on our way home from Canyon, Texas we drove through Quitaque (kitta-kaye), Texas and were stunned to see an honest-to-goodness functioning drive-in movie theater out off the highway. God bless West Texas!I also recall the infamous Red Bluff Drive-in and its XXX fare. Just across the highway was the Capitan which I distinctly recall advertising Deep Throat by spray painting the title on a bed sheet and hanging it over the marquee. Just tacky, as my mom would say.The Decker actually showed X-rated films once or twice as well as European "art" flicks that were sure to flash flesh a time or two.
Yes, someone posted on Red Bluff's page on Drive-ins.com that when it showed X-rated movies it had a tall fence around it so the movie couldn't be seen. But someone on this forum said that he was able to see it by poking his head underneath it.
I grew up very near the Decker drive-in in Baytown. Originally, it had one screen that faced away from Decker Drive (now Spur 330). Sometime about 1974-76, they added the second screen. I clearly recall becoming bored with Island of Doctor Moreau and turning around to watch Corvette Summer. I also recall seeing Bonnie And Clyde at the Decker.Last spring, on our way home from Canyon, Texas we drove through Quitaque (kitta-kaye), Texas and were stunned to see an honest-to-goodness functioning drive-in movie theater out off the highway. God bless West Texas!I also recall the infamous Red Bluff Drive-in and its XXX fare. Just across the highway was the Capitan which I distinctly recall advertising Deep Throat by spray painting the title on a bed sheet and hanging it over the marquee. Just tacky, as my mom would say.The Decker actually showed X-rated films once or twice as well as European "art" flicks that were sure to flash flesh a time or two.
I just looked up the town of Quitaque, Texas on Drive-ins.com. That theatre is called the Midway. It has one screen, the front of which is a big, painted American flag.

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I just looked at the McClendon on Drive-ins.com. Wow! That place was huge! But if you'll look at the photo of the screen where the cars parked all the way at the rear, how could those people see the screen clearly? I know that I wouldn't have been able to.That's what I remember about going to the movies when I was a kid. Things were just the opposite between a walk-in and a drive-in theatre. At a walk-in, people didn't want to sit at or close to the front rows. At a drive-in, people didn't want to park in or near the rear rows.Yes, someone posted on Red Bluff's page on Drive-ins.com that when it showed X-rated movies it had a tall fence around it so the movie couldn't be seen. But someone on this forum said that he was able to see it by poking his head underneath it.

To get a goooood spot you had to get there early! Now its all coming back to me as I recall us rounding up all the gang early OR ELSE you got left behind. Parking in the middle was best, however the worse were 1st and 2nd rows in front and even worse, way in the back or far left or far right.

It was hilarious seeing some cars pull in from the exit to save $. All you had to do was tell your friends to jump out and lay something like flat boards so your tires wouldnt get popped by the spikes. Then pull in slowly and everyone jumps on the hood and its Wooppeee! Now unless your not in the least bit embarrassed by the cars facing you and watching the whole caper. Most everyone had a beer buzz anyway so they didn't care. You would be surprised how many people can fit in those trunks in those days too. It always looked like a Chinese Fire drill once everyone popped out and acted casual by cracking open brew and start mingling. Other cars nearby would do the same so no big deal. Fun days. :P

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It has one screen, the front of which is a big, painted American flag.

Yeah, that's the one. They still love America out in West Texas. I miss the old Brazos Drive-in Theater just outside of Seymour, Texas.

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Yeah, that's the one. They still love America out in West Texas. I miss the old Brazos Drive-in Theater just outside of Seymour, Texas.

The Brazos is still open. I receive weekly e-mails from it.

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Yeah, that's the one. They still love America out in West Texas. I miss the old Brazos Drive-in Theater just outside of Seymour, Texas.

As crazy as this sounds, that would be the perfect trip for members on this forum to go check out! I will sneak in the trunk. :ph34r:

Serious though!

I know for a fact that many drive-ins still operate in greater Los Angeles and they are far crazier than Texans.

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As crazy as this sounds, that would be the perfect trip for members on this forum to go check out! I will sneak in the trunk. :ph34r:

Serious though!

I know for a fact that many drive-ins still operate in greater Los Angeles and they are far crazier than Texans.

I'm surprised that there hasn't been at least one person on this forum who hasn't gone to the Showboat Drive-in Theatre in Hockley. I haven't heard anything about that one in Porter for quite awhile; I don't know if it's still open. If someone goes to one of them, they need to tell us how it was.

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I'm surprised that there hasn't been at least one person on this forum who hasn't gone to the Showboat Drive-in Theatre in Hockley. I haven't heard anything about that one in Porter for quite awhile; I don't know if it's still open. If someone goes to one of them, they need to tell us how it was.
I've been to the Showboat a couple of times...it's great fun. I live in Pearland and take the family there every so often.
I just looked at the McClendon on Drive-ins.com. Wow! That place was huge! But if you'll look at the photo of the screen where the cars parked all the way at the rear, how could those people see the screen clearly? I know that I wouldn't have been able to.That's what I remember about going to the movies when I was a kid. Things were just the opposite between a walk-in and a drive-in theatre. At a walk-in, people didn't want to sit at or close to the front rows. At a drive-in, people didn't want to park in or near the rear rows.Yes, someone posted on Red Bluff's page on Drive-ins.com that when it showed X-rated movies it had a tall fence around it so the movie couldn't be seen. But someone on this forum said that he was able to see it by poking his head underneath it.I just looked up the town of Quitaque, Texas on Drive-ins.com. That theatre is called the Midway. It has one screen, the front of which is a big, painted American flag.
Yep, the McClendon was gigantic. I remember going there to see a Planet of the Apes marathon in the early 70's...cool times!

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What was really neat about being at the drive-in theaters was every now and then you would see a falling star in the background as the movies played. What used to ruin the eveing was as the evening progressed the fog would start moving in and you could hardly see the film. Windows would fog up too but for different reasons. :ph34r: >:)

Well, both were on account of mother nature doing her thing.

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What was really neat about being at the drive-in theaters was every now and then you would see a falling star in the background as the movies played. What used to ruin the eveing was as the evening progressed the fog would start moving in and you could hardly see the film. Windows would fog up too but for different reasons. :ph34r: >:)

Well, both were on account of mother nature doing her thing.

What would irritate me would be when it would start raining. Not the rain, but the windshield fogging up, you'd have to either wipe it or turn on the defrost, and that sound combined with the sound of your flapping windshield wipers made it difficult to both see and hear the movie.

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The Brazos is still open. I receive weekly e-mails from it.

That must be a different Brazos Drive-in. The one in Seymour closed years ago and last spring I drove by it and they are re-routing a highway right through the old site.

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That must be a different Brazos Drive-in. The one in Seymour closed years ago and last spring I drove by it and they are re-routing a highway right through the old site.

According to Drive-ins.com, that DI in Porter is still open. I understood that the initial owner had some financial problems and now someone else owns it and changed its name.

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What would irritate me would be when it would start raining. Not the rain, but the windshield fogging up, you'd have to either wipe it or turn on the defrost, and that sound combined with the sound of your flapping windshield wipers made it difficult to both see and hear the movie.

Psssssttttt! NB, nobody goes to the drive-in to actually SEE a movie, if you catch my drift,(wink-wink) (nudge-nudge). ;):lol:

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Psssssttttt! NB, nobody goes to the drive-in to actually SEE a movie, if you catch my drift,(wink-wink) (nudge-nudge). ;):lol:

Because of that, they were called "passion pits" back in the 1940s/1950s.

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Psssssttttt! NB, nobody goes to the drive-in to actually SEE a movie, if you catch my drift,(wink-wink) (nudge-nudge). ;):lol:

There's a good article about the history of drive-in theatres in Wikipedia. It said that back in the 1940s/1950s, because a lot of young people didn't go to actually see the movie, that drive-in theatres were called "passion pits" by the parents who didn't approve of them.

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I grew up very near the Decker drive-in in Baytown. Originally, it had one screen that faced away from Decker Drive (now Spur 330). Sometime about 1974-76, they added the second screen. I clearly recall becoming bored with Island of Doctor Moreau and turning around to watch Corvette Summer. I also recall seeing Bonnie And Clyde at the Decker.

Last spring, on our way home from Canyon, Texas we drove through Quitaque (kitta-kaye), Texas and were stunned to see an honest-to-goodness functioning drive-in movie theater out off the highway. God bless West Texas!

I also recall the infamous Red Bluff Drive-in and its XXX fare. Just across the highway was the Capitan which I distinctly recall advertising Deep Throat by spray painting the title on a bed sheet and hanging it over the marquee. Just tacky, as my mom would say.The Decker actually showed X-rated films once or twice as well as European "art" flicks that were sure to flash flesh a time or two.

Was the Red Bluff near a Sinclair oil refinery?

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Was the Red Bluff near a Sinclair oil refinery?

I don't know if that was a Sinclair refinery or not but the drive in was on the south side of 225 at Red Bluff Road across from a refinery.

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I don't know if that was a Sinclair refinery or not but the drive in was on the south side of 225 at Red Bluff Road across from a refinery.

Dont recall if a Sinclair as there were so many refineries around, sadly what does stand out was the KKK headquarters hall nearby. We used to trip out seeing it as you passed by. Big sign proudly displayed on top. New topic for sure.

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I grew up very near the Decker drive-in in Baytown. Originally, it had one screen that faced away from Decker Drive (now Spur 330). Sometime about 1974-76, they added the second screen. I clearly recall becoming bored with Island of Doctor Moreau and turning around to watch Corvette Summer. I also recall seeing Bonnie And Clyde at the Decker.

Last spring, on our way home from Canyon, Texas we drove through Quitaque (kitta-kaye), Texas and were stunned to see an honest-to-goodness functioning drive-in movie theater out off the highway. God bless West Texas!

I also recall the infamous Red Bluff Drive-in and its XXX fare. Just across the highway was the Capitan which I distinctly recall advertising Deep Throat by spray painting the title on a bed sheet and hanging it over the marquee. Just tacky, as my mom would say.The Decker actually showed X-rated films once or twice as well as European "art" flicks that were sure to flash flesh a time or two.

I tried to upload photos of the Red Bluff, Airline, Epsom, McClendon, Post Oak and Hempsted but I kept getting a message which said that they were too large. So I uploaded them on their individual entries on Drive-Ins.com. When you look at Post Oak, you'll see Dinky the Duck. You also see the charred remains of the Hempsted.

Dont recall if a Sinclair as there were so many refineries around, sadly what does stand out was the KKK headquarters hall nearby. We used to trip out seeing it as you passed by. Big sign proudly displayed on top. New topic for sure.

The KKK are nothing but a bunch of sheetheads.

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Yeah, that's the one. They still love America out in West Texas. I miss the old Brazos Drive-in Theater just outside of Seymour, Texas.

The Brazos Drive-in opened back in 1952. It's hard to believe that it's been operating for over 50 years.

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I've been frequenting Historicaerials.com lately. Pretty addicted. Its facinating to see how certain areas have changed so much and being able to see what used to be in certain places. It allows you to compare from the 1950s up to about 2004. ANYWAY. I was looking over Pasadena and found what looked like it could have been a portion of a drive in on Red Bluff just east of the Beltway about midway before Red Bluff intersects with Pasadena Blvd. Well I took it all the way back to 1957 and found there was a drive in. Anyone know what drive in that was?

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Does anyone remember or have any information on the Cedars drive in located in Baytown or the Parkway drive in located in Houston?

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On 5/21/2018 at 8:27 AM, driveinfan said:

Does anyone remember or have any information on the Cedars drive in located in Baytown or the Parkway drive in located in Houston?

 

Cinema Houston mentions the Parkway Drive-In at 7300 South Lake Houston Parkway (North Houston) "operated through the late seventies". p.223

I couldn't find anything on the Cedars. 

 

 

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On 7/15/2009 at 11:19 AM, djrage said:

I've been frequenting Historicaerials.com lately. Pretty addicted. Its facinating to see how certain areas have changed so much and being able to see what used to be in certain places. It allows you to compare from the 1950s up to about 2004. ANYWAY. I was looking over Pasadena and found what looked like it could have been a portion of a drive in on Red Bluff just east of the Beltway about midway before Red Bluff intersects with Pasadena Blvd. Well I took it all the way back to 1957 and found there was a drive in. Anyone know what drive in that was?

 

That name was The Eagle Drive-In. I mentioned it in a recent post about drive-ins. I don't think it lasted very long, 1950's to early sixties. Hurricane Carla may be to blame.

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