Tascosa Drive-In

1999 Dumas Drive,
Amarillo, TX 79107

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Tascosa Drive-In  Amarillo, TX 1994 #2

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Opened in 1953, the Tascosa Drive-In is located on the west side of Amarillo. It has a marquee that bridges two, square, tower like structures that are constructed of tin. Each tower had a large “T” on its front. Topping the marquee were large individual yellow letters spelling out TASCOSA.

Once operating as a twin screen, it was closed by 1994. Part of the lot has now been sold off and is an RV park and the theatre operates with one screen, showing first run double feature programs.

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CTCrouch
CTCrouch on August 25, 2007 at 1:20 am

As of 8/07, the Tascosa Drive-In is still open (status needs to be updated to open/first run).

The venue still features the twin tower/marquee mentioned and shown in the photo link above (the towers are covered with corrugated steel sheets). However, the entry gates are now similar to the kind one would find in a livestock pen and feature large Texas medallions on each gate.

Outside of the unique entryway, the Tascosa Drive-In is rather bare bones. A tiny corrugated metal building, serving as projection booth and concession stand, stands in the center of an unpaved lot. The screen (I only noticed one, but another might have been on the opposite side) is a series of white pannels on a metal scaffolding. A small playground sits beneath the screen. The venue utilizes FM radio broadcast for sound, but retains carside poles (minus the speaker boxes).

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 10:07 am

Here’s the Tascosa in 1994 – closed and falling into ruin. I recall driving through Amarillo a few years later and noticing that the drive-in appeared to have become an RV park. So I’m glad to see it’s been restored and showing movies once again!
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Brenjen
Brenjen on June 14, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Just to clear things up ~ the south end of the Tascosa is still a functioning drive-in theater, the north end is now an RV park. I’m going there tonight to see Lost World and Night at the Museum 2!!

ronnwood
ronnwood on October 21, 2013 at 1:15 am

The screen shown and talked about here is the second or “South” screen as it was called when added to the drive-in back in ‘67. The original Tascosa screen was at the bottom of the hill where the RV park is now located at Dumas E-way and N 24th St. The original screen, which burned in the late '70s, was a classic, old, and quite impressive drive-in theater structure with a mural on the front. That screen was widened in the late '50s in order to show the bigger format films. There are photos available.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on October 8, 2014 at 10:01 pm

The Tascosa Drive-In was listed as opening in 1953.

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