Arapaho Road Drive-In

600 W. Arapaho Road,
Richardson, TX 75080

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Arapaho Road Drive-In

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Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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DonLewis
DonLewis on May 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Dallas Area drive in theater ad from 1963.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on May 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm

It was at the intersection of W. Arapaho and Lindale Lane, just 2 blocks to the East. The Wellington at Arapaho retirement community is in the old drive-in location.

http://www.historicaerials.com/?poi=11226

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 24, 2010 at 12:35 am

PLEASE CHANGE ADDRESS AGAIN AND FOR THE LAST TIME TO:

600 WEST ARAPAHO ROAD

RICHARDSON, TX 75080

The Wellington Retirement Home is now on the site of the drive-in.

DonLewis
DonLewis on May 24, 2010 at 2:26 pm

The Cinema Treasures group works very hard to provide an excellent quality, free website. It is miles ahead of anything else on the web and requires many hours, a lot of volunteer work and a lot more money to keep it up and running. Their number one objective is accuracy.

Better talk nice…..they can pull the plug on ya anytime they choose.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 24, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Don, I’m guessing your refering to “AGAIN FOR THE LAST TIME”. You took it the wrong way, I meant it because the address had already had been requested to be changed by SiliconSam and it had in fact been changed and I was now again asking it to be changed “AGAIN FOR THE LAST TIME”. Perhaps I could have worded it better? Your comment would have been better to have been sent to me via my email which you could have gotten by clicking on my name, but here it is, if you have any further comment.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Whats the big deal about a theatres address,when the theatre is not there anymore,Bob?Thanks Don Lewis.

matt54
matt54 on July 22, 2010 at 9:00 pm

The big deal is, simply, historical accuracy – someone might use this site as a reference source. The originators of this site are well aware of this – it is, no doubt, one reason they started this site.

Also, those of us who use this site regularly are aware of our debt to Mr. Lewis, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Holcomb. It is not possible to put a price on their work.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 22, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Thanks matt54,the point i was making that address,s do change sometimes what was the correct address 35 to 40 years ago might not even be the same today,that happens.I am well aware of the contributions of many people on this site.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on November 24, 2013 at 12:18 am

On March 21, 1956, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Roberts opened the Arapaho Road Drive-In. The Roberts had owned the Ritz since 1942 and expanded to the Arapaho with Desi and Lucy’s feature, “Forever Darling.” Trouble came early when Mrs. Roberts reported and testified about spikes were thrown maliciously to damage tires at her drive-in. The Roberts decided against hiring a union projectionist and spikes were thrown in 1957 at both the Arapaho and the Linda Kay Drive-In, which also didn’t hire a union projectionist. The perpetrators were jailed but the sentence was reduced when the overall tire damage was estimated at just $75. The theater was home to an annual Easter sunrise service each year through 1971 which appears to be the drive-in’s last year.

The drive-in’s number was up when the land owners decided to request and received a zoning change to allow a multiple residence dwelling on the site of the drive-in. The Arapaho would be demolished and the site would house a senior citizen complex in the future. It’s also possible that the Roberts had a 15-year lease on the drive-in property since it times out to 15 years of bookings.

richreams
richreams on August 16, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Great childhood memories here. ..where I worked from age 15 to almost 18…it was owned by the Garcia-Lence family..Etta and Ramon….It was here I learned to be a projectionist…and had to stand on a wooden coke box to reach the change over levers…many stories rushing through my mind…these folks had the lease on both properties at the in when the multi screens came to town…I had the lease on the Ritz and changed it to The HOLIDAY. .in 1968..omg…more later

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