Gemini Drive-In

11990 North Central Expressway,
Dallas, TX 75243

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Gemini Drive-In

The Gemini Twin Drive-In opened on April 15, 1965 with John Wayne in “Circus World” & Jerry Lewis in “Who’s Minding the Store” on the north screen and Frankie Avalon in “Beach Blanket Bingo” & Tommy Kirk in “Pajama Party” on the south screen. This was a large drive-in with a capacity for 2,000 cars. In later years a third screen was added.

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opelgt70
opelgt70 on September 25, 2010 at 2:38 am

The tower in front of the Gemini was supposed to be a flagpole,and was put there as a promotional stunt. They had a man(or nut) named Jim Dean who was setting a flag pole sitting record.It was an 83ft tower with a 5x7 platform with plexiglass sides and had radio station call letters"KNUS" on it.He was up there for over 200 days,in 1972.The stunt was sponsored by Gordon Mclendon,who owned the"KNUS"Radio station and the Gemini also.Afterwards the tower was used for promotional stunts and had DJs in it doing their broadcast and traffic reports etc.. Subsequently,Gordons dad owned the Casa Linda indoor theater in Dallas.

matt54
matt54 on February 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

I’m sure other factors contributed to the theatre’s demise but light pollution, while it certainly degraded the picture, didn’t seem to be affecting ticket sales as long as I attended (up through end of 1978). If you couldn’t see the picture, and that was a definite problem on all 3 screens, you could usually find something else to do.

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on August 31, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I remember loving it when my parents would drive home by this drive-in in the 1960s. I would always look out the window and try to figure out which movie was playing on one of the screens.

In the 1970s, they were showing a bunch of B-movie double features. My friends and I would get a car load of people to watch the films. It is really hot in Dallas in the summer, so sometimes it was more comfortable to sit on or next to your car.

The third screen was added much later. Besides the light pollution, I’m sure that the property taxes killed the theater, because the real estate in the area is worth a lot now.

pameladietrich
pameladietrich on May 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I have a picture of it from Dec 1965

luckeebreak
luckeebreak on November 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Of course it was a “twin”. That’s why they named it Gemini, duh.

Babboo65
Babboo65 on June 16, 2018 at 7:01 pm

Went to a fair number of movies here – don’t remember watching any of them. Last time I was here was in the mid-80s (probably 1985) – a summer standard for a number of us. More time spent walking around or not watching the movies than anything.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 4, 2020 at 2:22 pm

Opened on the north screen with “Circus world” and “Who’s minding the store” and on the south screen with “Beach blanklet bingo” and “Pajama party”. Stars, Frankie Avalon, Deborah Waley, and Big John Hamilton were there for an autograph party on the opening night.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 8, 2020 at 1:56 pm

This drive-in opened on April 15th, 1965. It wasn’t the largest in the world as the ad claims. That honor went to the Johnny All-Weather Drive-In in Long Island, NY. Better grand opening ad posted. https://1drv.ms/u/s!AtCJz7ew6OKIhdQmfIIM0a0OLZs5-w?e=DaAXVz

Randy A Carlisle
Randy A Carlisle on May 30, 2020 at 2:52 pm

Known as the Gemini Drive In Theatre, also Gemini Twin.. A 3rd screen was added on the north end of the land making this a 3 screener.. Nothing remains today.. Randy A Carlisle – RAC Photography

Jimmythegreatest1
Jimmythegreatest1 on July 31, 2020 at 10:25 am

I was going north on 75 looking at the screen. Turned to look just in time to see all cars stopped. No time to break i yanked right and the exit ramp was right there

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