Gulf Drive-In

4044 South Port Avenue,
Corpus Christi, TX 78415

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Gulf Drive-In exterior

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Opened in January 1949, the Gulf Drive-In was located in what at that time were the outskirts of Corpus Christi. The rear of the screen had a large sea-gull mural. Operated by Claude Ezell & Associates, the Gulf Drive-In had a capacity for 750 cars.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 2, 2010 at 4:02 pm

In 1956 it was owned by C.C.Ezell and Assoc.Ken.

Yakima1
Yakima1 on October 27, 2010 at 3:14 am

The Gulf opened Friday Jan 21, 1949 by U&E (Underwood & Ezell) as a 500 car capacity, $225,000 drive-in. It operated for the first year or so under the U&E banner eventually shifting to the Ezell & Assoc. banner. WG Underwood had already passed in June of 1948. The first feature shown was “A Date With Judy” starring Wallace Beery.

The theater was upgraded in the spring of 1952 to a 750 car capacity. The mural was changed from a sea gull to a mermaid at that time. At some point in the mid 50s Claude Ezell sold out to the Corpus Christi Theaters / Robb-Rowley / Rowley United / United Artists circuit who continued to operate it until 1968 when they leased it to T. “Bob” Cuellar who began to operate The Gulf drive-in, The Buccaneer drive-in and The Tower theater as Spanish language theaters under the same banner.

There is a Home Depot at this site now (2010).

Yakima1
Yakima1 on October 31, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Here are some newspaper ads.
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 10, 2011 at 9:42 am

thanks Yakima I love looking at the old ads.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm

1956 aerial uploaded here.

Neubauer
Neubauer on July 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Repaired speakers as a teenager at the Gulf. Had stereo car speakers for movies in stereo!

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