Gemini 1 & 2 Drive-In

4103 N. Navarro Street,
Victoria, TX 77901

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Gemini Drive In Victoria, Texas

The Twin Ranch Drive-In was just down the street from the Tejas-Aztec Drive-In, both on N. Navarro Street. The Twin Ranch Drive-In was opened on February 28, 1952. It was operated by Long Theaters until at least 1957. Later renamed Gemini Drive-In, there is actually a street named Gemini Drive where the Gemini Theatre entrance used to be. It was closed on October 12, 1980 with “Reflections” & “Misty” on screen 1 and “He Knows Your Alone” & “Windows” on screen 2.

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jolley
jolley on March 19, 2012 at 3:08 am

My father, George Jolley, used to manage this drive in theatre in the 70’s. We lived at the theatre in a mobile home supplied by the owner. I was a full time projectionist there at the age of 11. It had a ferris wheel and carousel, both of which were not working when we arrived. It had a 500' throw from the projector lense to the screen. The front screen was so large that it had to be concave for the lense to focus at the outer edges.

jolley
jolley on March 19, 2012 at 3:28 am

Yes, lostmemory is correct, The capacity was 975 vehicles. It was also fully paved front and back screen. I have endless info on this theatre.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on March 19, 2012 at 6:55 am

Great info jolley…have any pictures to share?

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 4103 North Navarro Street.

sepiatone
sepiatone on October 20, 2012 at 10:09 am

On September 17, 1971, a fire damaged the Gemini’s concession stand and office.

DRIVEIN101
DRIVEIN101 on February 14, 2014 at 5:18 am

Original grand opening date as the Twin Ranch was February 28, 1952

sepiatone
sepiatone on January 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Drivein101 has the correct date. The premier features were “Reaching from Heaven” with Hugh Beaumont and Cheryl Walker and “Saddle Tramp” with Joel McCrea and Wanda Hendrix.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on January 10, 2019 at 8:31 pm

Opened(as Gemini) on the back screen with “Tickle me” and “The girls on the beach”, and on the front screen with “Savage Sam” and “Take her She’s mine”.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on January 10, 2019 at 8:34 pm

Closed in 1978 or 1979? Front end of property is various businesses, and back end by houses.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on January 10, 2019 at 8:35 pm

Also called Gemini 1 and 2 Drive-in.

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