Pioneer Drive-In

TX-36 and Co Road 251,
Cross Plains, TX 76443

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Pioneer Drive-In...Cross Plains Texas

Located east of town on Route 36. When photographed in mid-1986, the Pioneer Drive-In was already closed and becoming overgrown with weeds and brush. As with so many old drive-ins, it was was refusing to go down easily. The back of the screen appeared to have been covered with faded green tin and "Pioneer" painted in block letters accros the top. There was an additional vertical Pioneer sign on the left side. The box office was in bad shape, but still standing.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm

The old PIONEER DRIVE-in parked in 1956, 200 cars and was owned by R. Vaughtand & H. Millington.

Backseater on July 7, 2018 at 9:39 pm

I’ve driven through Cross Plains many times. Last trip, the lady curator at the Robert E. Howard House said the Pioneer was “East on Route 36,” but I never could find anything resembling a former drive-in on any of the map apps. Finally I saw a note somewhere that it was “…about seven miles East, halfway to Rising Star,” implying that it served both communities. There’s a small lot on the south side of 36 about 1 km East of the “Pioneer Cemetery” with curved ridges looking like a drive-in parking area. This also fits with another description I saw, “containing a trailer house and a few unidentified structures.” I think this is the most likely location.

Kenmore on July 8, 2018 at 5:27 am

The address is TX-36 & Co Rd 251, Cross Plains, TX.

Today, it is private property with a small store on the front of the lot, but you can still see the ramps.

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