High View Drive-In

3962 Country Road 4510,
Commerce, TX 75428

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High View Drive-In...Commerce Texas

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The New Drive-In was opened by Rowley United Theatres in 1952. It retained that name until at least 1955. Later renamed Commerce Drive-In and later still High View Drive-In. There were parking spaces for 330 automobiles.

As of March 2010 the theatre area was very overgrown and the screen was the only visible reminder of the High View Drive-In. It had been demolished by 2014.

Contributed by Don Lewis / Billy Smith / Billy Holcomb

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 16, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Interesting fact it opened being called the COMMERCE DRIVE-in according to my Motion picture Almanac.

drivein2001
drivein2001 on January 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm

The Screen is the only left of this Drive In. The Snack bar collasped a few years back. The Screen is starting to lean just a bit also! With no attention, This Drive In won’t be able to withstand the outside elements much longer. Sad that there’s no one to rebuild & get it going again..

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 15, 2011 at 1:24 am

From Commerce a view of the High View Drive-In Theater.

Kenmore
Kenmore on October 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm

From this Google Maps Shot, the Screen appears to have been torn down.

https://goo.gl/maps/tP7yb

Vz3601
Vz3601 on January 7, 2016 at 10:18 am

I do not know when this drive-in was opened but I worked there from 1966 – 1971 while attending college in Commerce. It was called Commerce Drive-In all of that time. I do not know when it was renamed to High View. The Lilly family owned it until about 1966-67 when Rowley United Theaters purchased both the drive-in and the Palace Theater from the family. The tower that you see in the picture is one that replaced the original screen when a small tornado / high winds destroyed the screen. This theater was located what at the time was Hwy 24 toward Greenville just past the Hillcrest Addition where I live at that time. My older brother also worked at the Commerce Drive-In as the manager while he was attending college also.

Vz3601
Vz3601 on January 7, 2016 at 10:25 am

Silcon Sam — you are at the wrong location for this theater. Commerce Drive-In (High View) is at this location. https://www.google.com/maps/place/FM2874,+Commerce,+TX+75428/Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas.2486252,-95.9352012,766m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x864bc6950fdebfcf:0xe3733aee75915355?hl=en

Vz3601
Vz3601 on January 7, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Don Lewis, the map shows the drive-in on hwy 11 north of town. It is located on current FM 2874 just to the west of FM4510.

Kenmore
Kenmore on January 7, 2016 at 9:12 pm

Although not exact, the address 3962 County Road 4510, Commerce, TX is right next door. You can still clearly see the ramps, but the screen is now gone. http://tinyurl.com/zbb2znz

Vz3601
Vz3601 on January 8, 2016 at 11:01 pm

Kenmore – Now that is how the post office messes things up. The drive-in always had a house or building to the east and always faced the old hwy 24. To drive up to the ticket booth you turned off old hwy 24. There was never a connection to CR 4510 unless they connected it sometime after I left Commerce. The post office has the house numbers where I live where mine is 533 and you would think the house across the street would be either 532 or 534 but it is 547. Who would have guess that and if someone was looking for 532 that have to drive almost a block to fine it. Anyway, thanks for the information. I would have never guess it would have the CR 4510 address.

Kenmore
Kenmore on January 10, 2016 at 12:17 pm

I simply try to map to the closest address so that people can find the location on Google. I do not claim that it is the actual address and noted that in my comment.

I have noticed that Google seems to be getting better at addresses and maybe the many theaters that currently have no addresses which makes them difficult to find here can now be located so people using Google maps can find them.

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