Airline Drive-In

4507 Airline Drive,
Houston, TX 77022

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The Airline Drive-In opened at 7:00 p.m. on June 10, 1950. The premier feature was “Canadian Pacific” with Randolph Scott and Jane Wyatt. The Airline advertised a playground and a ‘handy snack bar with car service’.

Contributed by Bob Machann

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richjr37
richjr37 on November 13, 2009 at 2:10 am

Went here a few times while living in the north Houston suburb of Aldine between May 1977 and March 1979.

Saw CLOSE ENCOUNTERS here. The film broke at one point and it was,like,a 10 minute wait. needless to say,no one was pleased.

Saw JAWS 2 here but we had to leave because my mom got a coke accidently dumped on her from the roof of the car where my sister and her friends were sitting. We missed GRAY LADY DOWN, a WW II movie. no biggie,the movie kinda sucks really.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 14, 2009 at 9:22 pm

The AIRLINE DRIVE IN in 1956 parked 600 cars and at that time it was owned by LONE STAR THEATRES.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 25, 2009 at 2:39 am

Here is a 1964 aerial photo. The land had been redeveloped by 1981.
http://tinyurl.com/ylry2y7

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 17, 2010 at 12:26 am

There is a 1965 list of Houston drive-ins on this site:
http://www.cinemahouston.info/driveins.htm

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 27, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Maybe it should be called the Airline Fly-In!

nanburn
nanburn on October 24, 2013 at 11:52 am

I was born in Houston and lived there from 1949 to 1962. The Airline was our neighborhood drive-in, but I was very young when my folks took me there, and my memories are pretty vague, except for the beautiful mural on the back of the screen tower and some truly great neon work. We passed it every time we had to get anywhere in Houston! The plane is supposed to be flying over downtown and the Ship Channel. Anyway, I can explain how Airline Drive got its name. It was US 75 back in the day, AKA Dallas Highway, because that was the auto route to Dallas. It was also the route that airplanes flew to get to Dallas, so I’m sure in the 1920s or 30s, whenever it was named, it was a really futuristic, progressive-sounding one.

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