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The Wilshire was a lovely theater right up until its death. Always ran first-run pictures, always a good presentation, always a good and attentive staff – just the epitome of what a dignfied single-screen walk-in should be.
In a way, it’s a shame the current market will not support a resurgence of such a theater as this was – that all we can hope for in new construction is the multi-screen megaplex where the sound from the latest action/s-fx blockbuster bleeds through the wall into the auditorium showing a nice dialogue/character-driven film.
Anybody familiar with old-time Corpus:
Was there a Texas Drive-In located on Leopard Street near the Thunderbird?
Was it on or near “Old Hwy 9 to San Antonio”?
What would “Old Hwy 9” be called today?
Yakima, or any old Corpus hands out there:
Was there also a Texas Drive-In on Leopard Street near the Thunderbird Drive-In? I am told it was on or near “old Hwy 9 to San Antonio.” Is that present-day Leopard Street (State 407)?
“Cannot get Google to map properly.”
It’s about 3,000 miles due east of the North Pacific Ocean.
Good eye, SiliconSam!
Great movies, Yakima!
Thanks to you both.
Yakima, can you post those pictures?
So it seems that postcard shot, reputed to be the Hi-Way, is actually taken from the north looking back toward the south along 77, toward town? That would explain why the highway curves to the left in the shot, with the screen tower on the left side of the highway.
Cool, RWolfe – and yeah, I agree with you about downtown Corpus – what a beautiful place I remember it being. Not now, though. Why don’t you post your Corpus drive-in info under the heading for that city – you and Yakima might be able to create some new pages.
Yakima, I remember seeing a photo of the Robstown Drive-In screen tower after it was blown down by high winds. Don’t know when that occurred. Would love to see some of your info posted. If you have an account on flickr or pbase or some other picture hosting site, you can post a link to it in your text for whatever theater you’re posting about.
Hope to hear more from you soon!
“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.”
“The King was a regular family outing growing up – can remember getting my dad to drive me and my buddies there to see "Woodstock” (old enough to rock, too young to drive – legally) and cringing at sitting next to my dad when Country Joe yelled “Gimme an F!”
“El Rancho was on E Santa Gertrudis, just about a block east of 14th Street on the south side of the street…
…El Rancho was just Spanish language until the last few years before it closed – they began showing some 2nd run and ‘alternative’ English movies (recall seeing “Wattstax” and Hendrix’s “Rainbow Bridge” there)."
“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.”
“…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.”
SiliconSam, posted Oct 5, 2010 on Carpo Teatro (Kingsville) page
Hey, RWolfe, that’s great – just knowing those great old drive-ins survived into the seventies is cool. You sound like you were a hardcore rocker – been years since I heard anyone else mention “Wattstax” (or thought of it myself)! Still got all your old vinyl?
Yes, Sam, I have been back thru the K several times in the last few years, and to see how raggedy it’s getting to be (especially sad and forlorn old King High, but also St. Gertrude’s School across from the church) is a real downer, kinda like Corpus’s old courthouse. Afraid these fine old structures are goners.
Hey, we ought to add these drive-ins to the list of theaters for Kingsville, now that we have established where they are (were).
Continuation of above:
My grandfather owned the Running W Plumbing Supply and my grandmother groomed dogs (poodles a specialty – she also showed them) – one of her friends was a woman named Pauline Fredericks, and my grandfather’s daughter (he was only my grandfather by marriage) was Patsy Miller, married to I.J. Miller.
My dad worked for Bud Piper at Cage-Piper (later just Piper) Funeral Home (which was then located in the building at 10th and E. Kleberg).
Know the chances are slim, but any of these names ring a bell with you?
SiliconSam, I believe you found the one I always remembered (incorrectly) as being the El Rancho! (I DO remember you could easily see it from the King) Thanks so much!
RWolfe, you and I are from roughly the same days in Kingsville (I was born there in ‘54, lived there 'til '58, visited there 'til '65).
My grandparents were Betty and Louis J. Huppertz – they lived first at the corner of 10th and King (where the Diamond Shamrock is now) and later moved out to E. Ailsie, just down from where the Brahma was.
Thanks RWolfe; any idea where the Hi-Way Drive-In was located (mentioned in MikeRogers May 22 post, above)?
Don, any idea when that pic you posted dates from? Post-1947, obviously, but more specifically?
Status should be changed to “Closed/Demolished” because it sure ain’t there no more.
BTW, Chuck, I do NOT mean to SHOUT when I capitalize – sorry! You are usually right on with your excellent info!
James, I echo the first part of your comment – oops! And, you are correct.
Got it, Sam – thanks.
Location of this theater STILL needs to be changed to Forest AVENUE.
Sorry, Chuck, but the book is wrong this time – there never was a White Theater at the mall location on Forest LANE. That may be the site of some other former theater, but not the former Interstate theater spotlighted here – THIS theater WAS located on Forest AVENUE, part of which is now known as MLK Blvd.
Jeanette Howeth Crumpler, in her book about Dallas theaters of old, “Street of Dreams,” quotes Betty Garner on p. 202: “My grandmother and two aunts lived on South Boulevard (one block over from Forest Avenue/MLK). They would walk at night to the White Theater every time the shows changed…”
Ms. Garner also recalls working with her sister as a “candy girl” at the “old White Theater on Forest Avenue.”
Opening day ad states “2000 seats, none reserved.”
Larry, if memory serves, the NW Hwy did have a clown mural, along the same lines as the Chalk Hill and Buckner Blvd., at the time of its closing. It was different from the Buckner’s empty-eyed freak clown, though, in that it did not give me chills up and down my spine.
Joe – you are right in saying the Mirror (Ritz/Jefferson/Pantages/Mirror – NOT Garden, that was demolished back in the teens or twenties) and Telenews were different construction. Mirror burned, was demolished, Telenews arose (partly) from those ashes, along with another business on the old Mirror footprint.