Spade Drive-In

Texas 114 & N. Alamo Road,
Levelland, TX 79336

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The Spade screen was built with brick blocks that were stair stepped on each side. Rather than being flat on the back, the screen was layered. “Spade” was spelled vertically in huge neon letters centered on the back of the screen and also in neon was th shape of a large spade.

Additional neon displayed some local cattle brands and ranch names of the area.

Contributed by Don Lewis

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 26, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Don, is Royce Blankenship any relation to Wallace Blankenship?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 26, 2008 at 7:58 pm

Do you mean Blankenship which is the same name on the photo that Don linked to?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 26, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Its still a wasted link in my opinion.

DonLewis
DonLewis on March 1, 2008 at 5:21 pm

A June 1955 photo of the Spade Drive In marquee and entrance. Showing was “Paratrooper” also known as “The Red Beret” starring Alan Ladd.

DonLewis
DonLewis on March 4, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Party for the Spade Drive In Theater employees in Levelland taken 8/16/1951.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Love the neon on the back of the screen.

NYozoner
NYozoner on December 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Texas 114 & N Alamo Rd, Levelland, TX 79336

The above address will map to the location of the drive-in, which is located northeast of the intersection.

Here is a 1962 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS:

http://flic.kr/p/95a272

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 27, 2010 at 6:37 pm

that is heck of a staff for a theatre,wonder how many CRASHED the party.Great pictures and Ads.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 27, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I also found it parked 250 cars and in 1956 it was owned by W.B.Blankenship.

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