Gemini Drive-In

11990 North Central Expressway,
Dallas, TX 75243

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Gemini Drive-In

The Gemini Twin Drive-In opened in 1965 with Joyn Wayne in “Circus World” & Frankie Avalon in “Beach Blanket Bingo”. 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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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on August 9, 2009 at 7:05 pm

A 1995 image HERE. You can certainly see where it started as a Twin, and the 3rd screen was added to the North of the other 2 screens.

greeneye4943 on May 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm

The Gemini reverted back to operating as a twin during it’s final years in the 1980’s. The north screen was leased to American Airlines, who operated a shuttle service to DFW Airport. To distinguish this from the rest of the complex, the north screen was painted grey and adorned with an American Airlines banner.

opelgt70 on September 24, 2010 at 11:38 pm

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 on February 27, 2011 at 8:48 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 8:46 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 on May 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I have a picture of it from Dec 1965

luckeebreak on November 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

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

rivest266 on October 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm

higher quality grand opening ad uploaded here.

Babboo65 on June 16, 2018 at 4:01 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.

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