McClendon Triple Drive-In

11991 South Main Street,
Houston, TX 77035

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Opened in May 1971.

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scottfavareille
scottfavareille on September 19, 2005 at 12:49 pm

The owner, Gordon McClendon, owned a number of drive-ins in Texas. He also made several low budget horror films in the late 1950’s, most notably The Giant Gila Monster and The Killer Shrews. McClendon now is a Burger King franchisee.

robsan
robsan on January 20, 2009 at 1:53 am

Located at the intersection of S. Main and Hiram Clark in SSW Houston. Opened in 1970 but not sure when it was closed, probably in the mid 80’s. For several years, the site was used as an outdoor flea market. The 3 screens were demolished, however the concession stand remained as an office bldg for the flea market. The site is now the “Lake View RV Resort” with a small lake where the concession stand once stood.

sepiatone
sepiatone on September 23, 2009 at 7:24 pm

The McLendon Triple’s grand opening was at 8:00 p.m. on May 7, 1971. George Peppard participated in the grand opening ceremonies. The Drive-in was slated to be named the McLendon Astro, but the Houston Sports Association filed an injunction citing trademark infringement. The premier features were “Big Doll House” (Screen 1), “Horror House” (Screen 2), and George Peppard’s film “One More Train to Rob” (Screen 3).

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