Tower Drive-In

5309 S. 1st Street,
Abilene, TX 79605

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The Tower Drive-In was opened around 1947. In the mid-1950’s it had twin screens, fairly large, concessions located between screens. It was located around the 6000 block of South 1st Street, where Sam’s Wholesale is now. I went there a lot as a teenager dating. It closed around 1980.

Contributed by David Foreman

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

David, look at the map, see if the red dot is the spot the drive-in was at?? I only ask because I see Sam’s is at 5301! The only address I could find was when it opened which was West Highway 80 and later Highway 8 ???

Held 320 autos?

Open 1947-1980?

Made into 2 screens in 1952?

Owned by Video Independent Theaters from 1970-1980?

Anyone have a better address, more info, or photos?

malcolmdbc39
malcolmdbc39 on June 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm

It was located where Sams is today. Next door (east) was the Sands Bowling Alley and Sands Motel.

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 9, 2015 at 1:33 am

5309 S 1st St
Abilene, TX 79605

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. The address in the header, while close, is off by over ½ mile to the west.

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