Airport Drive-In

Clarksville Street & Airport Road,
Paris, TX 75462

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Airport Drive-In

The Airport Drive-In was opened July 13, 1950 by the Interstate Theater Circuit of Dallas five miles south of Paris toward Mount Pleasant on Highway 271.

The first movie was “Renegades” with Evelyn Keyes.

Claude Musselman had gotten the Airport Drive-In into the planning stages, but retired before it opened and was replaced by C. W. Moss as city manager for Interstate. Cecil Burch was first manager and the theater was equipped to handle over 500 fans loaded into automobiles

The Airport Drive-In lasted 24 years going under in 1974. All that remained in 2007 was the old snack bar and marquee, no longer lit up with its Airport name.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on September 27, 2009 at 10:40 pm

This is the location, out by the airport. The Map link takes you several miles South of town.


jwmovies on September 1, 2012 at 2:57 am

This drive-in was located east of Hwy. 271 (Clarksville St.) on Airport Rd.

chad965 on June 17, 2013 at 3:56 am

The site is now a strip club. I believe the clubs sign is the original sign used for the Drive-In.

kaleyaramirez on April 11, 2017 at 8:49 am

I follow theatres designed by Jack Corgan, but I’m wondering how this was added – where is the architect mentioned and how do we know?

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