Cactus Drive-In

U.S. 83 Business and S. Kumquat Street,
Pharr, TX 78577

900 cars

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The Cactus Drive-In exterior

The Cactus Drive-In was opened April 12, 1946 with Maureen O'Hara in “The Spanish Main”. It had a capacity for 450 cars. On the front side of the Cactus screen along with the name was an outlined rendering of a chaparral cactus, a yucca plant, a cowboy, hills and clouds. It was operated by Claude Ezell and Associates Inc. It was twinned in 1971, doubling the car capacity.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on December 22, 2007 at 10:02 pm

An old photo-post card of the CACTUS @ this website.

kencmcintyre on December 28, 2007 at 8:46 pm

Scroll down to “A Drive-In Tale” by Alton Moore for some memories of the Cactus:

NYozoner on December 28, 2010 at 9:38 am

U.S. 83 Business & S Kumquat St, Pharr, TX 78577

The above address will map to the location of the drive-in.

Here is a 1961 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS:

jwmovies on September 13, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1000 U.S. 83.

DavidZornig on February 23, 2017 at 9:15 pm

1947 photo added courtesy of the America’s Past In Photos Facebook page.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 15, 2017 at 6:47 pm

The Cactus Drive-In was twinned in 1971, and its late July opening was noted in the August 9 issue of Boxoffice. The drive-in had doubled its car capacity with the expansion, and featured improved amenities such as a new, air conditioned concessions stand. The Cactus was an ABC Interstate Theatres operation.

rivest266 on September 22, 2017 at 4:24 pm

This opened on April 12th, 1946. A grand opening ad, as well as a 1963 topographic map, uploaded in the photo section.

pameladietrich on July 25, 2020 at 1:25 am

I have a photo of my Dad in front of it. This was about 1946. My Papa was a technician and serviced theaters before working for RCA for 30 years

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