Panther Drive-In

541 S. Timberland Drive,
Lufkin, TX 75901

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Panther Drive In   Lufkin Tx / Demolished in the 70's

Located on the corner of E. Denman Avenue and S. Timberland Drive (Business US 59), the panther was also the name of the high school mascot. The Panther Drive-In was opened on August 1, 1953 and was the principle Lufkin drive-in theater during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Operating into the early-1970’s, the location is now a shopping center near the center of the city.

Contributed by Delton McGuire

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Well, in 1956 it parked 300 cars so it must have enlarged since above it is listed at 500 cars! It was owned by Phil Isley theatres.

TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Cars were bigger in the 50,sso they could not hold as many,HaHa.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 19, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Oh come on,you did this to me on some Drive-in about holding BOATS! LOL. I hope to be adding TRI CITY DRIVE in, MIDWAY DRIVE in and SKYLAND ARTS CINEMA this weekend if Nick is able to get them on CT.Nick, got THE DREAMLAND on ,but i really need more research on that Theatre.

TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Hey Look up the Fly-in Drive-in for cars and planes,thats no joke it is on my homepage.Boats would have to be the Float-in Drive-in.Weird right.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 22, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Yeah,your right and i know your state with the TVA has plenty of lakes!

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on May 26, 2015 at 10:59 am

Here is a good address: 541 S Timberland Dr. Lufkin, TX 75901

MichaelKilgore on March 26, 2020 at 12:35 pm

Maybe it always held 500 cars? Billboard, Aug. 8, 1953: “Panther Drive-In is nearing completion and was slated to open August 1. The drive-in is at Lufkin, Tex., and is owned and operated by Phil Isley. It has 500-car capacity.”

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