Telephone Road Drive-In

11020 Telephone Road,
Houston, TX 77075

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 3, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Opened on June 29, 1967. Features on opening night were “War Wagon” and “For a Few Dollars More”.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 3, 2009 at 4:53 pm

This drive-in is not listed in the 1969 or 1975 IMPA. It is listed in the 1980 edition at the address above with no car capacity given. Strange.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm

I guess that would make it a Drive-Thru.

sepiatone
sepiatone on July 1, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Did some digging and found original ads and missing information about this theater.

The Telephone Road Twin Drive In Theatre (official name) opened on June 29, 1967, and was part of the Stanley-Warner Theatres chain. Advertising in both the Houston Post and Houston Chronicle announced that the drive-in featured “an ultra modern circular concession building â€" exterior of brick and glass â€" interior of stainless steel and Formica. Snack bar deluxe features fast, fast service, plus…a complete vending auxiliary, where you’ll meet the talking “Coke” machine! Completely paved parking area has a dust free, smooth, silent surface. True fidelity speakers give you a new depth of sound. Plenty of room…the Telephone Road Twin Drive In Theatre has a capacity of 1500 cars. Super high intensity projection lamps and an extra large prism screen provide a new brilliance, color and sharpness to outdoor movies. All tile restroom facilities are spacious and clean. Four lane entrance…no waiting. Come as you are! Everyone will be there… How about YOU?”

The ads mention Thomas N. Pauken & Associates, Dallas, Texas, and Bruce Willis Corp., 5630 South Acres Drive, Houston, Texas. Those are believed to be the drive-in’s architect firm and building contractor, respectively.

sepiatone
sepiatone on July 1, 2009 at 4:45 pm

P.S. Thanks, Ken, for the opening day date. That’s how I was able to find this.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 2, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Telephone Road Drive-In, this was before cell-phones I believe.Must have been a good place.

NYozoner
NYozoner on December 27, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Here is a 1973 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Historic Aerials Dot Com.

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David415
David415 on June 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I worked the Telephone Twin on Grand Opening Day.I was one of the last employees to work at the Winkler Drive Inn Theatre when it closed.The concession area and the projectors were state of the art when it made its debut. After leaving the Telephone Rd Twin I worked at the HiNabor on Makaywa Rd.There was and Old Abandoned Mansion right next to the HiNabor that was believed to be haunted.FYI.You could use your car radio at the Telephone Rd.to listen to the movie.This is how stste of the art Telephone Rd. theatre was.

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