El Capitan Drive-In

600 W. Old US Highway 90,
San Antonio, TX 78237

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on May 24, 2017 at 5:55 pm

Better address is:618 Old U.S. 90 San Antonio, TX 78237

The Capitan was opened as the Bluebonnet

Jim Miller
Jim Miller on December 7, 2012 at 10:35 pm

There is a really nice new elementary school at the site of the old Capitan Drive In Theatre now.

kencmcintyre on January 5, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Just weeds now. Here is a 1955 aerial view:

kencmcintyre on February 9, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Here is an undated photo of the Capitan:

Jim Miller
Jim Miller on July 3, 2006 at 9:58 am

The Capitan was located at the corner of Old Highway 90 West and 36th Street. It was one of the few older drive ins that had a full CinemaScope width screen added on after the advent on the CS format. The Capitan was opened as the Bluebonnet in 1951, and was changed to the El Capitan a few years later, then the name just became the Capitan. The drive in did good business, and REALLY did well in the early 70s when Kung Fu/Karate movies started coming to this country. I worked at the Capitan during this time, and for one full year we ran nothing but Kung Fu movies. The Capitan was sold to a real estate developer in the late 70s and was closed. With the exception of a Valero corner store that stands where the driveway entrance once was, there’s nothing but weeds and trees where this wonderful old drive in once entertained people on San Antonio’s west side.

lyssa751 on March 16, 2005 at 4:24 pm

Was told that there was a mural before it was changed to El Capitan from the original name “The Bluebonnet Drive-In”, which depicted a neon bluebonnet on the screen mural. Have never seen pictures but hopefully someday we will.