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I see on GE what appears to be an old theater building at the corner of N. Cuyler and E. Francis. Labeled as the Knights of Columbus Hall. The marquee looks to have contained 5 letters, the last letter left on the old marquee is an E in the 5th position.
Could this be the State in the opening comments? If so, I don’t see an entry for this theater.
Absolutely it could be. I don’t have all the resources you guys have so I named it and hoped someone would come in and correct it.
I am sure all you Kingsville guys remembered the old H. M. King High School building. I drove through there last week and say the grand old building and wanted to take some pics before it falls down. A good bit of the roof looks like it’s falling through in places. According to what I’ve read, it was supposed to be fixed up for the city offices, but it may get way to far gone. A shame since it’s over 100 years old now.
But like an idiot, I packed my camera, and left my memory cards at home.
Most of the theaters I run across in West Texas have been closed for so many years, it’s unlikely anything of value remains inside.
I did get lots of pics of the remaining Texon buildings before they were bulldozed. Sad to think people lived there, in the middle of nowhere. Nice and quiet though.
January 2009 pic H E R E
The building was piled with junk inside, and since there are no windows up top, lots of birds may call this old theater home.
You can see the impression of the drive-in here:
Last time I went through town last year there were still 4-5 abandoned buildings still standing, apparently even those are now gone.
Lots of ghost towns around, I’ll bet very few were big enough to have a theater. Anything to keep the oil field employees happy!
1930 S. 7th Street, Raymondville, TX 78580 United States
Will take you right to the old entrance.
Old imagery puts the drive precisely South of town in this lot. The rectangular building behind the 3 houses is in the exact same spot as the old snack bar or offices. There was a much smaller building between this large building and the screen, which would likely house the projection booth.
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.
Current occupant of the land is Bay City Ford at 6600 7th St (State Hwy 35) But Google does not map this correctly. It’s off by 1.25 miles. Bing is off too.
Also the square building on the property is in the identical spot the old projection and snack bar were. So more than likely it’s the same building today.
You can still make out the twin parallel driveways that led into and out of the drive-in.
Around 1410 Hwy 28 was a pretty big sized drive in. Could be it… Right where Cincinnati Stair is now.
Video Tour of the Highway 18 drive-in movie theater. Very informative!
Mike Rivest’s site may list this as the Jac drive-in….
Right off Mertzon Hwy (67) and Southwest Blvd looks like the remains of a portion of a drive-in. Look just to the left of the State Farm Insurance label and behind the Cinemark Tinseltown near the center of the screen and you can barely make out some partial rows.
Located on Hwy 6 between Cisco and Eastland. Here’s a link to the lot, very, very faded, but still barely perceptible.
Need an address, pictures, price of popcorn, etc….
Address and ZIP need to be changed to:
2204 SW. Adams Street, Peoria, IL 61602 United States
Agape Family Church occupies the building entrance on the West side of the building. Not sure if the building has multiple tenants, but sure looks like it could.
Right where MajorMajor said it was. Google Earth 1991 view it shows up much clearer and Topographic maps label it as a Drive In as well.
Coordinates 38.9087Â°N 97.2598Â°W
Address listed is:
2300 State Hwy 35 N Port Lavaca, TX 77979
That Hartman Rd address must be the owners house. Google returns this address on 35 North as the location of the closed theater. Makes 100% more sense for a theater.
Now showing up as the local Port Lavaca / Calhoun Chamber of Commerce offices.
Around 2060 W. Austin St was a twin drive in. You can see the scars behind the blue roofed building. All I could find for a drive-in in Port Lavaca.
Read their website, they are classified as a church, but in reality it’s a religion based broadcasting station and offices.
GE Street View pictures shows their roof loaded with dish antennas.
Change name to Verne Drive In
Address is 1607 S. Kniss Ave.
Change status from Closed/Demolished to OPEN
Their website is: