Welcome To Cross Roads Drive In
FIRST TO BE BUILT & OPEN, IN N.Y. 6/6/1933, THIRD DRIVE TO OPEN WAS IN GALVESTON, TX. BY THE MID 70'S THERE WERE 440 SOME DRIVE INS IN TEXAS. THE MOST IN ANY STATE & TOTAL DRIVE INS IN U.S. WAS OVER 4,000 IN THE 1970'S. NOW THERE IS APPROXIMATELY 11 STILL OPEN.


MOVIE LINE ( 361) 746-1142


ADMISSION PRICES ARE
FOR BOTH FEATURES

$ 6.00 for ADULTS 13 & OVER

$ 4.00 FOR CHILDREN OVER 2

CHILDREN UNDER 2 FREE

SENIOR CITIZENS 62 & OVER $ 4.00

Located on the corner of FM 531 and Hwy 90A

Three miles east of Shiner ,Texas

Mailing Address

P.O. BOX 637

Shiner, Texas 77984-0637

OFFICE PHONE: ( 361) 746-1142

Questions ? Email :

crossroadsdriveinshiner@yahoo.com

ALL MOVIES AND SHOW TIMES ARE SUB
JECT TO CHANGE

 

Texas was host to the 3rd drive-in theatre to open in
America, at Galveston in July of 1934 (the 1st & 2nd had
opened in New Jersey and Pennsylvania), and thereafter - as
in most things, Texas went at it in a BIG way .. by the late 50's,
generally the peak years for American drive-ins, Texans had the
biggest peak in the industry, hosting nearly 400 outdoor theatres.


Although the state had held-out in true Alamo fashion, longer than most,
and, was still harboring nearly 200 drive-in theatres even 20 years after
the boom .. but ultimately, Texas would see their number decline by 96%
and presently, there are only 16 Drive-ins operating in the Lone Star state.
On an UP note: 5 of these were built or revived in the past four years, and
the next .. a new twin-screen Drive-in (Lubbock) will be lit in July of 2003.



Abilene (Taylor County) Texas
Town and Country Drive-in: 915-677-9899
2902 Vogel Street @ Mockingbird (near I-20)
When the T-and-C opened (with Guys and Dolls) on
June 21st, 1956, it was reported that $250,000 had
been spent on its construction, and it was billed as:
The Biggest Drive-in Theatre in Texas. The Lone Star
state at that point in time was Numero Uno among all
Drive-in states, with nearly 400 in operation; Abilene,
with the addition of the T&C could claim seven itself.
To stake its claim, it provided parking for nearly 1500
cars (with 4 incoming traffic lanes to get them all in),
a rooftop garden above the concession building that
sat a couple hundred people, a vast playground which
showcased an electric Ferris wheel, and two screens,
spread-out across 23 acres. The show went on here for
25 years, before its two screens went dark on the 10th
of September, 1981 (in the fading light, they screened
a matched pairing of: Popeye / Tidal Wave; Blowout
and Dressed to Kill). Ultimately, all seven of Abilene's
outdoor picture shows would shut-down; with the Park
Drive-in being the last to go out, 5 years later. The T&C
remained dark for 19 years, but was fortunately acquired
by a couple with the means and enthusiasm to resurrect it
after two decades of neglect. They re-opened for Season 2K
on July 7th, lighting a 100' wide screen with Dinosaur and
Shanghai Noon. They intend to operate year-round, screening
double features up on 'the biggest screen in Abilene' while also
making a point of featuring revivals such as Dances with Wolves.
Audio: DTS FM stereo (88.9/95.5) radio. Admission: $5 per person
(12&up); $2.50 for children of ages 6-12; kids under 6 admitted free.
 


Alice (Jimm Wells County) Texas
Buckhorn Drive-in: DARK
located on Route 44
This was a great family Drive-in at one time (may be again!).
It had originally opened back in 1948, but went dark in '86.
The family attractions included a petting zoo & playground.
Although the light has been out over this picture show for 14
years now, the years and the weather have been kind to it,
and we've heard that it might actually be revived & reopen.


Amarillo (Potter County) Texas
Tascosa Drive-in: 806-383-3882
located at 1999 Dumas Highway (Hwy 287),
(1 blk s. of NE 24th, and ½mi off U.S. Rte.66)
First lit-up in 1952, the Tascosa originally had twin
screens on the north and south side of the property.
The north screen was destroyed by fire back in '78 ..
and subsequently, the old Ozoner went dark. Different
twist, but usual ending. Not every Drive-in goes down in
flames, but most of them went dark. The story doesn't
wrap with 'Fade to Black' however .. there's light at the
end of the Tascosa. Restored, revived, and re-opened
in the summer of the last year of the last century - '99,
the Tascosa is back from the brink, lighting the screen
with a first-run double feature, every night of the week.
Admission: $6 per person - adults; $3 children under 12
(young children seated in car seats are admitted free).


Clarendon (Donley County) Texas
Sandell Drive-in: 806-874-0685
located on Highway 70 (just north of Hwy.287)
First lit back in '55, in the midst of America's Drive-in boom,
this solo screen was named after the original owner's two
daughters, Sandra & Adele .. and their namesake screen
remained lit, with the light flickering for 29 consecutive
seasons, before going dark in 1984. Darkness however,
exists only in the absence of light .. and after a series of
'coincidences' beckoned a new owner for the Sandell
(a tall and lean Texan not inclined to believe in accidents
or place his faith and stock in mere coincidence), despite
having been dark and neglected for 18 years, a resurrection
of the Sandell was undertaken. By Summer's end of Season
2002, the Sandell was finally re-lit, coming back with a double
feature, pairing: Joshua and Signs for the LaborDay Weekend.
Movie audio for up to 300 cars is provided with FM (88.3) radio.
The revived Sandell will be open on Weekends only (Fri/Sat/Sun),
year-round, and almost always with a double feature for the one
admission price of $4.50 for ages 12&up; $3.50 kids & Seniors
(no charge for young children who are seated in car seats).


Dallas (Dallas County) Texas
Astro-3 Drive-in: GONE
formerly located at 3141 S. Walker Blvd.
* The three-screen Astro, which used to be
open year-round, caught fire last year ...
and whatever was left was then bulldozed.


El Paso (El Paso) Texas
Fiesta Drive-in: 915-857-0000
located at 13800 Montana Avenue
Solo screen with a capacity for up to 500 cars;
open year-round; screens X-rated films only.


Gatesville (Coryell County) Texas
The Last Drive-in Picture Show: 254-865-8445
located at 2912 South State Highway 36
(1 mile south of 84, on Highway 36)
One of the oldest of all the remaining Lone Star Dr'ins
has been through a few name changes over the years:
it first opened as the Circle S back in 1950; became
the Town & Country Drive-in 14 years later; and was
renamed The Last Picture Show in 1989. This is also 1
of 8 "MoPeds" in America-- an instance where there is
both a motor theatre and walk-in theatre located on the
same property (the indoor cinema was added in 1972).
The Drive-in is open 7 nites, throughout the year- except
Christmas eve, and is usually screening a double feature
each nite. The same family has been keeping the screen
lit-up in gatesville, Texas, for 38 years, and it's very much a
family-oriented venue (as policy: no R-rated movies shown).
There are still some old speakers here for nostalgia lovers,
although the audio is provided primarily with FM (88.1) radio.
Admission: for any number of passengers, it's $10 per car
on Fri/Sat nites during summer - June/July/August; $5 per car
other nites during summer months, and all nites other seasons.


Graham (Young County) Texas
Graham Drive-in: 940-549-8478
located on the Jacksboro Highway
The Graham is open seasonally, May - September
on weekends only (Fri-Sat-Sun); screening single
features. The audio for the movies' soundtrack is
still provided with traditional Drive-in speakers.
Admission: $4 ($1 for ages 6-11); 5 & under free.


Granbury (Hood County) Texas
Brazos Drive-in: 817-573-1311
located on West Pearl Street - Bus. Route 377
(2½ miles west of the town of Granbury)
The Brazos has been lit-up every season since it
first opened - in 1952; with some of those seasons
stretching year-round, being interrupted only by
the most inclement weather. Dependably, their
season can be expected to run April-November,
although it's worth a phone call to discover that
they may be open as early as March and as late
as December, but it's always: on weekends only.
They screen double features Friday & Saturday;
a single feature on Sunday nites; audio: 89.1 FM.
Admission: all passengers 1 price .. $13/carload.


Houston (Harris County) Texas
Zocalo Drive-in Theater: DARK
located at 5223 Feagan Street
Had been Open sporadically, and usually on Saturdays;
operated by a non-profit org that tried to feature
unusual fare, independent and 'art circuit' films.


Lamesa (Dawson County) Texas
Sky Vue Drive-in: 806-872-7004
located on South Big Spring Highway
It can generally be said that a Drive-in's ticket booth
supports the studios, distributors, and booking agencies
primarily, while the snackbar supports the Drive-in itself,
and that observation certainly applies to the Sky Vue ..
which goes all out in a BIG Texas way to make the most
of its snackbar. The biggest item at their big snackbar is
the Chihauhau sandwich (just during Season 2K more than
25,000 of them have been served-up here!); and the owners
credit patronage of the Sky Vue's snackbar as the means of
having been able to keep the Drive-in open, which has been
in operation since 1948. The Sky Vue is lit-up on weekends
(Fri-Sat-Sun) March thru December, and Wednesdays as well
in peak season, when school lets out. On most nites, they're
screening a single feature; occasionally double features on the
holiday weekends. Audio for the movies' soundtrack is provided
by FM (91.9) radio broadcast. Admission: $4 (free for all under 5).


Lone Star (Morris County) Texas
Lone Star Drive-in: DARK
Highway 259 South (between Daingerfield & Lone Star)
The old Lone Star is one of Texas' GhostTown Drive-ins ..
still pretty much intact, but, terribly forlorn, and showing
its age; frequented by lots of vegetation in attendance now.
It was first lit in 1953 but has been dark for nearly 2 decades.


Lubbock (Lubbock County) Texas
Stars & Stripes Drive-in Theatre:
Hwy. 84 (Clovis Hiway) ¾mi w. of N.Quaker Ave.,
The Lone Star State's latest contribution to the
Drive-in renaissance sweeping America will be
a new twin-screen Dr'in with a capacity for up to
a thousand cars, on a 24-acre site 5 mins from I-27.
Given the patriotic name, the owners are hoping
to complete construction and preparations in time
to open {appropriately} for July 4th weekend, 2003.


Marshall (Harrison County) Texas
Capri Drive-in Theatre: DARK
formerly located at 5205 Victory Drive
The old screen is still out there, but we hear that
the Capri is being used as a storage yard now.


McAllen (Hidalgo County) Texas
Valley Drive-in: GONE!
formerly located on Highway 83, and
presently located out along The Lost Hiway.
Not counting the growing number of restorations
and resurrections of Texas Drive-ins, the Valley
was the youngest of the Lone Star Dr'ins, having
been built from the ground up in 1971 .. well after
the peak of America's Drive-in boom and at a time
when Texas Dr'ins were on their way out, not UP.
The Valley's single screen remained lit-up @nite
for 30 years, but darkness overcame it in August
of 2001 .. sold-off, and, subsequently, demolished.


Mercedes (Cameron County) Texas
Wes-Mer Drive-in: 956-565-9050
located on Rte.83 between Mercedes & Weslaco
Originally lighting-up at the beginning of America's
Drive-in boom in the late 1940's, the Wes-Mer, like
hundreds of other outdoor screens in the LoneStar
state, was snuffed-out during the thinning of the
Ozoner layer .. and went dark in 1984. Ten years
it had lain idle, fading, and forlorn, but ultimately
was restored and re-lit .. and was the first of several
roadside resurrections in Texas that were to follow.
The Wes-Mer is open 4 nites of the week: Fri-Sat-Sun
and Tuesday, throughout the year. They're screening a
double feature each nite. Audio provided via FM radio.
Admission: $10 per carload covers all passengers.
 


Pearsall (Frio County) Texas
Moonlighter Drive-in: DARK
located on Tilden Road
The dark side of the Moon: the winds of change blew thru
with such severity here in '96 that the extensive damage
to their screen and tower resulted in the owners opting
for shutting down rather than attempt the costly repairs.

Rule (Haskell County) Texas
Tower Drive-in: 940-997-1300
located on Highway 6 (½ mile north of Rule)
3 hours from DFW / 50 miles north of Abilene
The Tower is the only Texas Dr'in dating back to
the boom years ('55) which was built by and is still
being operated by the same family .. a family that
has run four outdoor picture shows - in Llano, Rule,
San Saba, and Spur. Drive-ins definitely run in the
family. And so do tornadoes! Twisters whacked-out
both the San Saba and the Spur (and the Llano went
dark owing to consecutively poor attendance). Then,
at the last of their picture shows, in Rule, Texas, that
familiar sinking feeling returned following a screening
of Titanic in the spring of '98 .. as yet another tornado
came to one of their drive-ins and took out the screen.
To make matters worse, they had no insurance, and
with three strikes, they figured they were out. But the
fine folks of the Texas Biglands in the communities
long-served by the Whortons' picture show had other
plans, and they rallied to save and personally rebuild
the screen (reminscent of a resurrection in Virginia).
The reopened Drive-in is screening single features
each nite, on weekends spring & fall; 7 nites during
peak summer season; open April thru Halloween.
Audio for the movies' soundtrack is provided with
FM (96.3) radio. Capacity: 300 cars. Admission is:
$4 per person for adults; $2 for children aged 6-11
(the wee folk under 6yrs of age are admitted free).

* For those just joining us, the moral of this story ..
Better to light a Drive-in than curse the darkness!


San Antonio (Bexar County) Texas
Mission 4 Drive-in: 210-532-3259
located at 3100 Roosevelt Avenue; San Antonio's
south side, at intersection of Roosevelt & White
San Antonio once hosted more Drive-ins (20) than are currently
operating in the entire state of Texas. Remember the Alamo ?..
(1430 Austin Highway), now located out along The Lost Hiway,
same owners built the Mission Drive-in. It was first lit as a solo
screen, opening with a 77-minute long love-triangle Western --
Pirates of Monterey, starring Maria Montez, Philip Reed, and
Rod Cameron, on March 27th, 1948. After a run of more than
½ a century, it looked as if San Antonio might be totally 'dark' ..
and The Word during season 2000 was: that there might be
a Y2K crisis here, and the probable result: abort the Mission.

Flash Forward: to Season 2001 .. re-lit, and Cinemark is now
running the show .. (the Grand REopening was May 25th, 2001);
all remains well; the Mission is continuing through Season 2003.
Four screens are lit with a double-feature on each; audio is FM -
frequencies: Screen1 = 99.9 FM; Screen2 = 89.7 FM; Screen3 =
103.1 FM; and Screen4 can be tuned-in on 106.3 FM. Admission:
ages 15&up $5; children 6-14 $3; and under age 6 admitted free.


Shiner (Lavaca County) Texas
Crossroads Drive-in: 361-594-3404
located 3 miles east of town on Highway 90
(about twenty miles south of Interstate 10)
A Drive-in revival is underway .. Texas has
been adding notches .. in '99 with the revival of the
Tascosa, and in year 2K with the re-lighting of the
Town & Country, and the Midway. And then, 2001
was 3 years in a row, with the opening of the all-new
from the ground up Crossroads Drive-in, which has
a capacity for 175 cars (audio: 93.5 FM broadcast).
Situated southeast of Austin, and roughly mid-way
between San Antonio and Houston, the Crossroads
had been the dream of a husband-wife team, who
are presently screening a double current feature
on Fridays and Saturdays - open weekends only.
Admission: $4.50 (age 13&up); Kids&Srs: $3.50


Turkey (Hall County) Texas
Midway Drive-in: 806-423-1166
located off Highway 86 - west of 70
(midway between Quitaque and Turkey)
During the boom years just about every Texas town
had an outdoor picture show (or not far to go for one)
and most of the bigger cities could claim several. For
Turkey, Texas, it was the Midway, a modest Drive-in
built in 1955 with a capacity for 200 cars - but ample
enough for this rural community of half a thousand
people. The screen at the Midway had been lit for
32 seasons before it went dark, and remained dark
another 13 years before being acquired and restored
by a local schoolteacher (let that be a lesson to you!).
The reopening of the Midway in May of 2000 was the
first of two resurrections that occured in Texas during
Season 2K (the second one was Abilene's T&C Drive-in).
The screen is easy to spot from the road - painted with
a huge American flag motif on the back. On front It's lit
with a single feature on weekend nites, April - October.
Audio is FM. Admission: $4 for ages 12&up; $2 for kids.

* If you're thinking about maybe working the Midway
into a future roadtrip, late April would definitely be the
most interesting time to visit Turkey, Texas .. this was
the Home of Bob Wills, the legendary King of Texas
Swing .. and on the last Saturday in April, there is
a Bob Wills Day Celebration. It begins with an old
fashioned parade, followed by a big bar-b-que, and
then at nite, there's a western dance held down at
the old school gymnasium, plus a fiddlers contest,
a swingin outdoor concert, and an arts&crafts fair.

Tyler (Smith County) Texas
Apache Drive-in: 903-566-1199
located on Highway 31 East
Solo screen with a capacity for up to 300 cars;
open year-round; screens X-rated films only.

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