Lone Tree Drive-In

5105 Lone Tree Road,
Victoria, TX 77901

900 cars

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Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on November 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

lots of great photos in the photo section!

Greg100
Greg100 on November 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I ran projectors at the Lone Tree a few times while I was a projectionist at the Uptown. It was a real experience because of the long throw from the booth to the screen. We looked through a telescope attached to the projector to watch for change over marks.

longhorn
longhorn on April 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm

rgsimpson, I know your post was several years ago, but if you’re still around, my mother worked the Lone Tree and at the Uptown and I would love to see those photos!

sepiatone
sepiatone on February 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

From the Victoria Advocate, February 16, 1972 – Several changes in management were announced Tuesday by Rubin S. Frels, president and general manager of Frels Theatres, Inc. Frels…announced that Gary Dunnam has been named manager of the Lone Tree Theatre. Dunnam joined Frels in May of 1971. A native of West, Texas, he is a former school teacher in Dallas and served four years in military intelligence.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 24, 2010 at 12:34 am

A feature article, with photos, on the Lone Tree Drive-In appeared in Boxoffice magazine, May 4, 1957:
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rivest266
rivest266 on September 20, 2009 at 12:52 pm

This drive-in finally opened: First ad at July 19th, 1957 at View link

All earlier dates has no ads. Ken MC, that was a pre-opening announcement.

txturbo
txturbo on March 1, 2009 at 2:15 am

800 cars? It wasn’t that big as far as I can remember.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Architect and contractor was Harvey Jordan, according to the same article.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 27, 2009 at 3:58 pm

An article in the Victoria Advocate gave the opening date as March 8, 1957. Owner was Ruben Frels and general manager was Doyle Oliver. Theater plans and construction took over two years.

rgsimpson
rgsimpson on January 15, 2009 at 10:02 pm

I work at a theater in Pryor, OK. My boss’s family has been in the movie business for 50 years, and his father designed this drive-in. I have found some aerial photographs of this theater, as well as concession stand pics from its opening. The photographs we have, according to my boss, are of the opening weekend, they were playing a Jimmy Stewart picture. I also have 2 pictures of the Uptown in Victoria, but with 2 different marquees (must have been changed at some point in time)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 6, 2008 at 5:19 pm

The Victoria opened in February 1957, according to an ad in the Victoria Advocate at that time.

txturbo
txturbo on August 5, 2007 at 12:02 pm

First time I went to this drive-in was about 1968.We lived less than ½ mile from it. During the 80’s it started showing only adult movies. This lasted for several years then it finally closed.