Hi-Way Drive-In

US-77 and Farm to Market 1355,
Kingsville, TX 78363

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Kenmore on July 6, 2017 at 3:41 pm

The presence of the nearby King’s Drive-In combined with being on the wrong side of the railroad tracks which must’ve created quite the traffic jam when the trains passed probably contributed to the demise of the drive-in.

davidcoppock on July 6, 2017 at 12:17 am

This drive-in didn’t last very long!!

Kenmore on December 28, 2016 at 1:21 pm

A closer address (at least for Google) is U.S. 77 & Market Road 1355, Kingsville, TX. as first indicated by Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois in the first post.

Today, it is private property with no trace of the drive-in remaining save perhaps for faint hints of the ramps in the pasture. http://tinyurl.com/gr9c99l

jwmovies on October 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1850 North 14th Street.

matt54 on June 4, 2012 at 11:17 am

hispeed, don’t give up! STICK AROUND! LOL! Truthfully, there may be no pix of the HiWay extant except, possibly, in some collection physically at or near Kingsville (I’m thinking Kingsville Record archives, or possibly some collection based at Texas A&M Kingsville). There was a commercial photographer in Kingsville named Jimmie Dodd whom my family knew well and who donated his collection of large-format B&W plates, negatives, and prints to the University of Texas at Austin (the Jimmy Dodd Collection – here is the URL: http://www.cah.utexas.edu/exhibits/dodd/biography.html). He has some good images of Kingsville’s two major walk-ins, the Texas and the Rialto, so he may also have taken pix of tHe drive-ins. Haven’t had time to visit the collection physically.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 4, 2012 at 5:02 am

Okay..I deleted it, I’m going back to Ohio DI’s. LOL!

matt54 on June 4, 2012 at 5:00 am

hispeed, the new pic is the King’s!

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 4, 2012 at 4:36 am

Hey matt54..Thanks for the update. I will delete it and will repost it under the El Rancho DI.

matt54 on June 4, 2012 at 2:50 am

As Yakima1 stated, the HiWay opened in 1948 and closed in 1952, so Sam’s intro data stating it opened in the late 50’s and closed in the early 60’s needs to be corrected. Also, the photo is an aerial of the Rancho, NOT the HiWay.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Uploaded Goggle earth from 1956 at the location on the header. After reading the comments is this the Hi-way DI? Confused???

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on October 31, 2010 at 8:19 pm

The old address, FM1355 and N.14th Street didn’t Map very well, it showed the Southern United States and Central America. The new address will Map properly.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on October 31, 2010 at 6:44 pm


U.S. 77 & MARKET ROAD 1355

Anyone have more info or more photos?

Yakima1 on October 31, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Pictures and newspaper ads seen here……..
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matt54 on October 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

“Cannot get Google to map properly.”

It’s about 3,000 miles due east of the North Pacific Ocean.

Yakima1 on October 12, 2010 at 5:55 am

Some websites confuse the King’s Drive-in postcard photo as The Hiway Drive-in.

The Hi-Way or Hiway (both spellings used in ads) just north of town was opened by Joseph and Kyle on Saturday August 14, 1948 with it’s first feature being “Red Stallion” with Robert Paige. They stopped operations on March 31, 1952 when they were about to open The Brahma just south of town on May 2, 1952. The last features were “Tarnished” and “Prisoners in Pettcoats”. It may have continued operations later under L.E. Harvey, but after interviewing many long-time Kingsville residents, almost nobody remembers this first of four drive-ins. Everyone remembers the King’s, The Brahma and El Rancho, and they are quite surprised to be told of The Hiway.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on October 11, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Dribe-Ins website calls the Kings Drive-In the Hi-Way. I got my information from postings here.

matt54 on October 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm

“…Looks pretty small. Located at Hwy 77 and FM1355. You have to go to Google Earth, and 1956 Historical to see it. It disappears in the 1961 shot however.”

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SiliconSam, posted Oct 5, 2010 on Carpo Teatro (Kingsville) page

CSWalczak on October 11, 2010 at 10:51 am

There are pictures of the Hi-Way on its entry page at Drive-ins.com: http://www.drive-ins.com/theater/txtwayd

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on October 11, 2010 at 5:40 am

Located just a few blocks North of the The Kings Drive In. In this field where the equipment is parked.