Kilgore Drive-In

3250 S. Henderson Boulevard,
Kilgore, TX 75662

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Kilgore Drive-In

The Kilgore Drive-In was located south of town on Highway 259. It was opened on August 12, 1950 with Doris Day in “It’s a Great Feeling”. It was operated by Liggett N. Crim & East Texas Theatres Inc. By 1952 it was operated by by Julius M. Gordon of Jefferson Amusement Co. an affiliate of United Paramount Theatres. The Kilgore Drive-In was closed in 1975.

Everything has been demolished except for the marquee which has been restored. The empty lot went back to nature, but in recent years two schools have been built on the site.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb

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Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on June 20, 2005 at 4:09 pm

Some photos of the marquee are at View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm

impressive Marquee.i have it being owned by Jefferson Amusements in 1956.

localcitizen
localcitizen on March 14, 2012 at 11:54 am

The Kilgore ISD has recently purchased this tract of land on which to build schools. It is their intent to update and incorporate the marquee into modern use.

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 16, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 3250 South Henderson Boulevard.

Kenmore
Kenmore on September 2, 2015 at 5:08 pm

It appears from the latest Google maps that the marquee has been saved and updated.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on April 14, 2020 at 5:55 pm

The Kilgore held its grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 12, 1950, based on extensive coverage in the Kilgore News Herald. The opening program was “It’s a Great Feeling” with Doris Day, plus a color cartoon and a fireworks display between showings. “After the fireworks show, (owner) Liggett was host to a number of press, radio and theater folks at a chicken barbecue at the Crim residence.”

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on April 15, 2020 at 6:51 am

Wow, that is a very big and tall marquee!! How did they the letters and numbers on and off that tall marquee? Are those big square holes on the tall post part of the marquee, windows?

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on April 15, 2020 at 6:53 am

Is there a photo of the restored marquee?

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