Winter Garden Drive-In

Highway 83,
Carrizo Springs, TX 78834

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Andrew Majek owned and operated the Winter Garden in the late-1950’s. Capacity was about 300 cars. The drive-in closed sometime in the 1980’s after the screen blew over in a storm.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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NYozoner
NYozoner on December 28, 2010 at 2:05 pm

There is a “Winter Haven, Texas” about 5-6 mils north of Carrizo Springs, which is where this drive-in derives a part of its name from.

The Drive-in is located on the east side of US 83, about 5.25 miles north of Carrizo Springs.

Here is a 1971 aerial photo which shows the location of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS:

http://flic.kr/p/95mYMQ

almajek
almajek on June 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Actually, the name Winter Garden Drive-In was derived from the name for that particular region of Texas. It had no direct tie with the nearby town of Winter Haven.

Greatest Star Power: Elvis Presley, John Wayne, and Cantinflas. Oftentimes nothing but their names would be placed on the theater sign.

Biggest Loser Picture: Dr. Dolittle circa 1967. It certainly lived up to its name.

Biggest Winner Picture: Almost any first run Elvis movie.

What hurt the most: Television and Daylight Saving Time

Most interesting promotion: LUCKY, a derivative of BINGO. You could win a tub full of groceries (heavily biased with Flour), or maybe a kitten.

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