Post Oak Drive-In

2900 Post Oak Boulevard,
Houston, TX 77056

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Post Oak Drive-In

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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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:

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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.

KenMarek on February 7, 2018 at 7:36 am

I worked there 62 til 64… at 1255 N Post Oak.. Was owned by Carrol Lewis and managed by Charlie Hillis… Lots of good times. a large apartment complex there now……………

Arriens on February 7, 2018 at 8:18 am


Sorry I don’t remember you. Can you tell me something about yourself or about anybody you worked with. Have you been able to stay in contact with anyone from that time frame. It had been 7 years since I posted so I was surprised to get a notification.

davidcoppock on February 7, 2018 at 5:57 pm

What was built at the original drive-in location?

Arriens on February 8, 2018 at 4:19 am

KPRC Television Station.

VictorDelRio on February 24, 2018 at 6:06 pm

@Arriens Was the building on the middle right a wax museum?

TomMc11 on March 27, 2018 at 9:17 am

Visible in the 1953 and 1957 Historic Aerials at it’s original location at 2900 Post Oak. Visible in the 1962 and 1964 Historic Aerials at the new N. Post Oak site as a single screen. 1966 and 1973 Historic Aerials has it as a twin. Gone by 1981.

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