271 Drive-In

Drive-In Avenue,
Paris, TX 75460

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271 Drive-In Theater..Paris Texas

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The 271 Drive-In theater was opened August 24th, 1948 by Henry, Wesley, Elmer and Frances Bell. It had a 60x50 tower, 38x48 screen and was the first drive in theater in Paris. The 271 Drive-In was closed and abandoned in 1983, but was still standing in 2002.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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kencmcintyre on March 5, 2009 at 5:50 pm

This June 1983 article from the Paris (TX) News gives a different address:

An amplifier valued at $450, a $300 pressure pump, and a $200 tape deck have been stolen in a burglary of the 271 Drive-In, 1995 N. Main St., police said. The burglary occurred between June 12 and June 17.

An air conditioner was removed from a window to gain entry to the projection room, where the amplifier and tape deck were stolen, reports indicated. The pressure pump was removed from a pickup truck parked behind the concession stand.

kencmcintyre on March 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm

If you look at the drive-ins.com site, they give a slightly different chronology than in the introduction. According to them, the theater was closed in 1984 and then re-opened in 1985, which was its last season.

millsbranch on March 9, 2009 at 4:31 am

Lost Memory—-I correct you, i lived in Paris, and it is possible
someone tried to reopen the theater, but if they did, it would have been less than a month in operation.
..The theater was shut down in 1983, and the original owners are still around, and they seem to know nothing of its reopening.
..That don’t say much, but trust someone who is at least poutting these up for your derogitory remarks, Opps sorry, i forgot you know it all

millsbranch on March 9, 2009 at 8:20 am

derog-I-tory—Hey! you are alright, I guess i do liek you afterall

DonLewis on September 8, 2009 at 6:25 pm

From 2009 a view of the 271 Drive In tower and a movie ad from 1977 featuring Chuck Norris in “Breaker Beaker!”.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Thanks again,Don.

jwmovies on August 29, 2012 at 5:31 am

This drive-in is located south of Hwy. 82 off North Main Street (Hwy 271) and north of Clement Road. The theatre is actually located on Drive-In Avenue!

From aerials if you zoom in, you can see both the old and newer screens (the newer placed in front of the older one).

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