Twin Cactus Drive-In

E. 8th Street and I-20 Bus Loop W,
Odessa, TX 79761

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Twin Cactus Drive-In

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The Cactus Drive-In, Odessa’s first drive-in theatre, was opened in May 18, 1947 by Millard Jones. The opening was shortly after World War II ended, and was met with great success by the city and found its 500 parking spaces packed by enthusiastic crowds week in and out. The theatre was known for bringing back the biggest box office hits of the period. It was twinned in late-1952 and the car capacity increased to 550.

It was closed in the 1980’s and nothing remains except memories.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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NYozoner
NYozoner on December 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm

E 8th St & I- 20 Bus Loop W, Odessa, TX 79761

The above address will map to the location of the drive-in.

Below is a 1963 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS:

http://flic.kr/p/94Tynm

rivest266
rivest266 on June 21, 2017 at 2:44 pm

This opened as a single-screen drive-in called the Cactus drive-in on May 18th, 1947. Article:

Found on Newspapers.com

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 24, 2018 at 5:35 pm

The recent re-opening of the Cactus Drive-In as a twin operation was noted in the November 29, 1952, issue of Boxoffice.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on March 24, 2018 at 11:48 pm

Site is now an apartment(Southgate Apartments), and Clayton Homes of Odessa(sells mobile, modular and manufactured homes).

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