Circus Drive-In

Route 67,
McCamey, TX 79752

250 cars

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The Frontier Theaters company owned and operated the 250 car capacity Circus Drive-In, which opened in 1953. At the time H.J. Griffin was president of Frontier which was headquartered in Dallas.

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on May 9, 2009 at 7:46 am

A 2009 view of McCamey’s Circle Drive In remains and another view here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Chuck, that is one of the best pictures i have ever seen on CT. Where is the DUKE and Clint?

TLSLOEWS on April 4, 2010 at 12:56 pm

How many horses would this drive-in hold? Mike.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on April 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Wow, went through McCamey a couple of times last year, never even looked for the screen. McCamey does has some nice ruins of oil refineries, or pumping stations all over town though. Explored a few of them.

If the Circus was on 67, what are these 2 drive-ins located on 385 North of town? May be a twin, but strange layout for one if it was….

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on April 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Not related to this particular drive-in but maybe someone can research this better than I could, but there was a fire in the theater in the town of McCamey, TX on July 4th, 1935 that severely burned the theater, and burnt the theater owner H. P. Priddy. Story here:

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Possibly the Grand or Palace according to CinemaTour….

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Tlsloews,Wasn’t that a great shot of the old screen.

TLSLOEWS on April 5, 2010 at 4:22 pm

It was beatiful.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I going to try and get Robin or Nick to print me a copy. I would love to have that framed. I ain’t much of a photo critic,but that shot just does something to me,that all these others[ drive in pics] have not done. Guess it is just me.

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