Carpo Teatro

804 E. Alice Avenue,
Kingsville, TX 78363

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Russ22 on October 6, 2010 at 8:18 am

Hey matt54 – I never heard of or recall seeing the Hi-Way
Drive-In. But if the post above from SiliconSam is correct
and it ‘disappeared’ by 1961, that could explain why as I was
born in 1956 and guess I wasn’t taken to a drive-in until I was
a bit more ‘cooperative’.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on October 5, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I think I found it. Looks pretty small. Located at Hwy 77 and FM1355. You have to go to Google Earth, and 1956 Historical to see it. It disappears in the 1961 shot however.

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matt54 on October 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Thanks RWolfe; any idea where the Hi-Way Drive-In was located (mentioned in MikeRogers May 22 post, above)?

Russ22 on October 5, 2010 at 12:44 pm

The Brahma was at 77 (14th Street) & Ailsie and was torn down sometime in the early 60’s. Remember that a Kroger eventually got built on that property. The King was on North 77 (14th Street), near where it joined 6th Street and went on to Bishop. It was next to the old Wilcox Furniture and the Bowling Alley (later the Crimson Palace)and St. Martin’s KC Hall. El Rancho was on E Santa Gertrudis, just about a block east of 14th Street on the south side of the street.

The Rialto Theater sat where the Kleberg Bank is located today.

matt54 on September 6, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Sam, that’s great info.

Talked to my dad this weekend (he went to college in Kingsville back in the early 50’s, when these venues were all current) and he says the screen at 77 & Ailsie is most likely the King (I say it was the Brahma); he and I agree that the El Rancho was north of town on 77; he has no idea of the one on Santa Gertrudis (I say that’s the site of the King).

Where the Hi-Way Drive-In was, I have no clue – I had never heard of
it until MikeRogers posted his info, above.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on August 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Matt and Mike, At old 77 and E. Ailsie looks like the remains of a drive-in outline. Barely, barely visible.

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1900 block of old Hwy 77 was another drive-in (verfied by Google Earth historical)

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Also, another drive-in located on E, Santa Gertrudis St, where there is a big empty field now. Also verified.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm

You’re Welcome.Keep us informed.

matt54 on June 4, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Well, thanks, Mike, that’s more info than I had.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm

No Matt, wish i did.I got that info from The 1956 Motion Picture Almanac.Good Hunting.

matt54 on May 27, 2010 at 9:30 am

Hey, Mike, thanks for the info – you don’t happen to have the addresses or approximate locations of those drive-ins, do you?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Matt 54 here are the Drive-ins you wanted.

Brahma Drive in parked 250 cars was owned by Joesph&KYLE.


EL Rancho DRIVE-IN parked 300 cars and was owned by JOESPH and Kyle.

Hi-Way Drive-in parked 300 cars and was owned by L.E.Harvey.

matt54 on May 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Rmoreno – do you have any info. on Kingsville’s three drive-in’s – the Brahma, the King, and the El Rancho?

Also, do you remember what block of East Kleberg the Rialto was located in?


Rmoreno on March 28, 2010 at 10:37 am

Carpa Theatre in Kingsville, Tx. The word Carpa means Tent in Spanish. Mostly Mexican Movies were shown from 1940’s to early 60’s.
It still stands but is no longer in operation.