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The Stevens was owned and managed by Manuel Avila when I worked there in 1973-74. The booth was rather large compared to most booths and had three projectors (Simplex as I remember); this may have been the only theatre in Dallas that had three projectors although I’m not sure about earlier theatres. Next to the booth was an observation room/cry room which we had to go through to enter the booth. When this was built, it was one of the larger neighborhood theatres.
“The Brass Bottle” was released in 1964 starring Tony Randall, Barbara Eden and Burl Ives as the genie of the bottle. Interestingly, the following year, Barbara Eden would get her own brass bottle as Jeannie in the hit series “I Dream Of Jeannie”.
This theatre was replaced by a Kroger grocery store—-which after a number of years was closed and the space used for other retail.
The last time I was in Rochester, it appeared that the building was not demolished but became a retail outlet or outlets. The main store was a shoe store.
I worked this theatre as a projectionist beginning in 1975 when it was still a first-run theatre. If this theatre did open with 70MM equipment, it had been removed by ten years later—-we ran 35MM Simplex heads.
The Saint Vincent 6 was totally remodeled out of existence—-if you had never gone to this theatre, you would never have known the mall ever had a theatre!
Shreveport’s main post office is now on the site of the drive-in.
I worked this theatre in 1972 as a projectionist—-Sam Chernoff was the owner(he later took over the Lakewood when Interstate gave it up). The booth was in a most unusual position regarding the auditorium—-it was on the left side of the theatre. Despite this, there was hardly any keystone effect.
matt54, the Auto-Vista Drive-In was never mentioned or talked about by Mr. Rodriguez or any of his sons—-it may have been a short-lived business before the ‘70’s.
This theatre closed at the end of Summer 1985—-this was never a twin theatre—-unless someone later reopened it as a twin—-which I don’t think happened.
Loew’s did not take over the Capri downtown—McClendon theatres did—but did take over the Delman in north Dallas. The Hope Theatre was taken over early in its life by Howard Hughes who later ceded the theatre to Hoblitzelle/Interstate where it was renamed the Melba. It premiered 3-D in Dallas and not long after became Texas' first Cinerama theatre. Then Trans-Texas theatres took it over and ran it until 1970 when McClendon turned it into a 7-plex—tripled the original theatre and built 4 small theatres in the basement of the building.
The Park Plaza was torn down in the early eighties to make way for a Sesame Place amusement park which only lasted a few years. A Wal-Mart sits on the site of the Park Plaza.
This was one of the best multiplexes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in its day; 3 70MM screens and Dolby Stereo in every house.
This was the palatial theatre in downtown Fort Worth in the 50’s and 60’s after the closing of the Majestic. It was the home of the James Bond movies.
This theatre in the sixties was renamed the Rex; I worked as a projectionist in the early seventies when it was a triple-XXX theatre. It closed not long after that. The booth was up a long flight of stairs which also led to the restrooms!
This theatre building is still there but has been remodeled out-of-existence a number of times.
This theatre opened at Christmas 1979; it was a typical of it’s time General Cinema tin-walled cracker-box style. It had a Dolby Stereo theatre but because these theatres were all long, the Dolby Stereo was pretty pathetic! Only the rows in the direct middle of the theatre could get a good stereo effect. Sit too close to the screen and no surround effect; sit too far back and too much surround! General Cinema; from sixties interest to seventies patheticism to eighties/nineties adequacy. R.I.P.!
This is apparently going to be a church very soon if not already.
This looks more like an aerial view of the McClendon Triple Drive-In further south on South Main.
I was the projectionist on the night of the “Beyond The Poseidon Adventure” premiere; the movie was pretty bad. Irwin Allen was there and came up to the booth before the show to check on everything. I was threading up the first reel when he opened the door and came in. He didn’t see me but I saw him; so being the jokester I am, I started exclaiming “Warning—-Danger Will Robinson!” (which was a line the robot in “Lost In Space” said in practically every episode). Needless to say, he was a bit startled but then a wide grin came on his face! Two things quite noticeable about him—-he was a small man and he wore white cotton gloves like film editors wore! Ah the good old days.
I was the relief projectionist from 1981-84 and it was still a single-screen theater, as it was when I left town in 1985. I’m not sure when it was twinned or became a five-plex but I do know they turned the pizza parlor on the side(the right side in the picture above) into another screen. Another great single-screen turned into junk!
This Euless history picture is not a picture of the construction of the Mid-Cities Drive-In! The Mid-Cities did not have a screen tower—-it had a corrugated metal screen held up by large poles! The screen was at the back of the lot and could barely be seen from the highway. The caption read built in 1950—-could this be the Belknap Drive-In in Haltom City? Although it opened in 1948, the screen tower in the picture could very well pass for the Belknap. The Mid-Cities was probably Euless' first and only drive-in.
I also left out the Strawbridge 12.
What about the Columbus Circle and Pembroke Mall?
The Mid-Cities Drive-in opened in the Spring of 1962 with an unusual double bill of “Judgement In Nuremberg” and “No Name On The Bullet”-an Audie Murphy western! I practically lived most of my older childhood at this drive-in as it was only a mile from where I lived. Most of the pictures played were geared to the family-especially in its early years. I remember the opening of “The Three Stooges In Orbit”-the cars were backed up quite a ways up the highway! That was also the days when new movies opened on Thursday instead of Friday as they do now.