Post Oak Drive-In

2900 Post Oak Boulevard,
Houston, TX 77056

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Post Oak Drive-In

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The Post Oak Drive-In has quite a story behind it. Its original location at 2900 Post Oak Road opened at 7:00 p.m. on March 14, 1951. The opening night double feature was “Pretty Baby” with Dennis Morgan and Betsy Drake, plus “The Grass Is Always Greener” with Chill Wills. It had a capacity for 620 cars.

The story goes that in early-1960, the land on which the drive-in stood was sold to developers. The drive-in was dismantled, moved by house movers, and rebuilt at 1255 North Post Oak Road. Billed as the "New Post Oak Drive-In", it reopened on June 16, 1960. The opening night double feature (this time)was “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” with Doris Day and David Niven, plus “Man on a String” with Ernest Borgnine and Kerwin Mathews.

Contributed by Bob Machann

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CSWalczak on January 17, 2010 at 11:01 am

According to this article, the colorful person who built this drive-in recently passed away: View link

LarryFM on January 17, 2010 at 6:51 pm

That’s hard news. I’m sure most of us here would’ve loved to have had an opportunity to ask Mr. Lewis questions about the Post Oak Drive-In, or listened to any stories he may have had. It appears he led a full and adventurous life.

Thank you very much for the link, CWalczak.

EnnisCAdkins on May 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I use to frequent the Post Oak Drive In many times during the 1950’s when it was at it’s original location on Post Oak at Westheimer. When looked at, during the daytime, you could see Hayes, Kansas on the other side as there was nothing built beyond it except wondering praire. As a matter of fact, there was nothing on Post Oak except the Post Oak Drive In. In 1951 when it was built, Post Oak was considered out in the middle of nowhere.

TLSLOEWS on May 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Hard to believe that they would move a drive in guess it can be done though.

LarryFM on May 7, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Ennis, if you click onto the earlier link I provided, it’ll take you to a pic of the first Post Oak’s screen tower, provided by the late Carroll Lewis. Would you happen to remember any details about it and it’s artwork? I sure would appreciate what you can recall. Thank you!

EnnisCAdkins on May 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm

LarryFM, I’m going back some 60 years but this is what I remember about the screen tower. The “duck” was bright yellow. I always thought the owners copied the design from and old MGM cartoon character from the 40'& 50’s. I believe the outside border of the tower was red and the word POST OAK was black. There were 2 to 4 flood lights at the bottom of signature that lite it up at night. When Cinemascope came in 54, they added 6 to 8 feet of new tower on each side of the existing tower.
In 1951 when the Post Oak was built, there was no other drive in on that side of town so it did a lot of business.

LarryFM on May 8, 2010 at 9:18 pm

That’s OUTSTANDING, ennis! I REALLY appreciate your recollection!

I always thought that the character at the center of the screen was “Dinky Duck”. From what I’ve read and seen, sometimes yellow can photograph very dark, almost black. As for the screen tower itself, from what I can see, it’s architecture is unique. The only other view of it is from the book ‘Cinema Houston – From Nickelodeon to Megaplex’. Here’s a preview of the specific photo which can be found on page 212:

View link

Hopefully everyone can see it. If not, Google “Carroll Lewis Post Oak (Drive-In Theatre). The Google Books entry should show up.

Arriens on February 10, 2011 at 7:53 am

I worked at the Post Oak from 1961-1964. If you need any specfics will will be more that will to share. Would love to hear from my former co-workers.

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Drive-In 54 on February 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Arriens…Have any pictures to share?

Arriens on February 16, 2012 at 4:55 am

Sorry, I do not have any photos.

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