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Billed as “Texas' largest”, the Trail Drive-In’s grand opening was at 7:00 p.m. on April 21, 1950. A “giant fireworks show” was to be held in conjunction. Advertised capacity was 1000 cars. The premier feature was “Tulsa” with Susan Hayward and Robert Preston. Kids under 12 were admitted free with their parents.
The Windsor opened on December 20, 1962. According to that day’s Houston Post, the Jefferson Circuit was its chain.
Here’s a nighttime shot of the Palms from 1984.
P.S. Thanks, Ken, for the opening day date. That’s how I was able to find this.
Did some digging and found original ads and missing information about this theater.
The Telephone Road Twin Drive In Theatre (official name) opened on June 29, 1967, and was part of the Stanley-Warner Theatres chain. Advertising in both the Houston Post and Houston Chronicle announced that the drive-in featured â€œan ultra modern circular concession building â€" exterior of brick and glass â€" interior of stainless steel and Formica. Snack bar deluxe features fast, fast service, plus…a complete vending auxiliary, where youâ€™ll meet the talking â€œCokeâ€ machine! Completely paved parking area has a dust free, smooth, silent surface. True fidelity speakers give you a new depth of sound. Plenty of room…the Telephone Road Twin Drive In Theatre has a capacity of 1500 cars. Super high intensity projection lamps and an extra large prism screen provide a new brilliance, color and sharpness to outdoor movies. All tile restroom facilities are spacious and clean. Four lane entrance…no waiting. Come as you are! Everyone will be there… How about YOU?â€
The ads mention Thomas N. Pauken & Associates, Dallas, Texas, and Bruce Willis Corp., 5630 South Acres Drive, Houston, Texas. Those are believed to be the drive-in’s architect firm and building contractor, respectively.
The architects for this theater were Henry F. Jonas and Tabor. The building contractor was J.B. Townsend.
The Texan Theater’s grand opening was at 2 p.m. on April 4, 1925. The first movie to play there was “Janice Meredith” by Cosmopolitan Pictures. According to that day’s Houston Post-Dispatch, the theater featured an orchestra pit, Texas history photos in the foyer, and a children’s nursery in the basement. Actor J. Warren Kerrigan was slated to be present at the opening.
The Texas Theatre was built in 1927, and it was originally named the Colonial Theater. Gary Cooperâ€™s film â€œBetrayalâ€ played here.
Cole Theaters operated a Lamar Theater in Richmond, and ads in old Fort Bend County newspapers advertised movie schedules for the Lamar. Was this and the Queen one and the same?
According to “Historic Matagorda County” by the Matagorda County Historical Commission, the Queen was the original name for the Hollywood. The Queen was, at one time, one of three theaters in Palacios. The other two were the Capitol and the Grenada. The Hollywood was also said to have been used for town meetings. It was closed in the 1960s, and it was the last theater to close in Palacios.
In the photo, the car parked in front of the drug store is a 1958 Chevrolet.
The last movie to show at the Plaza before it closed was Horton Foote’s “1918”. That was in June 1985.
A partial image of the Twin City’s screen mural can be seen here.
The Cozy was not rebuilt and has been demolished. The site of the Cozy is now a vacant lot.
The street address for the Queen is 300 W. Milam St, Wharton, TX 77488-4918.
Received this information second-hand, but it caught my attention. The theater has been closed since 1979. City of Edna officials are seeking State of Texas grants to restore the theater. The applications will be due in April 2006. My source is the Wharton Journal-Spectator, 25 January ‘06, page A6.