Tower Drive-In

5309 S. 1st Street,
Abilene, TX 79605

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Tower Drive-In

The Tower Drive-In was opened on August 27, 1947 with Jeanne Crain in “Margie”. 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 6:40 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 6:12 pm

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

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 8, 2015 at 10:33 pm

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.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on April 16, 2020 at 1:28 pm

Billboard, May 31, 1952: “R. A. Erickson and O. M. Kirksby, owner-operators of the Tower Drive-In, Abilene, Tex., last week announced that they have purchased an additional tract of land adjoining the Tower and will build a twin drive-in. A second screen will be placed so it backs up to the rear of the present Tower screen.”

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on April 17, 2020 at 1:45 am

Opened on 27/8/1947 with a cartoon(not named),and “Margie” and “Palomino horses, golden horses”.

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