Brahma Drive-In

801 E. Ailsie Avenue,
Kingsville, TX 78363

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The Brahma Drive-In was owned by Joseph & Kyle. Parked 250 cars.

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matt54
matt54 on October 11, 2010 at 6:58 pm

“The Brahma was at 77 (14th Street) & Ailsie and was torn down sometime in the early 60’s. Remember that a Kroger eventually got built on that property.”

  • Posted by RWolfe on the Carpo Teatro (Kingsvile) page, October 5, 2010
Yakima1
Yakima1 on October 12, 2010 at 5:43 am

The ‘Brahma’ celebrated it’s grand opening on Friday May 2, 1952 with it’s first feature “To Please a Lady” starring Clark Gable. The ‘Hiway’ just north of town advertised until March 26, 1952, when they announced “The Hiway Will Close After March 31. Watch for the Grand Opening of the BRAHMA DRIVE-IN about April 15th.” It was the third of four drive-ins in Kingsville opened by Joseph and Kyle.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on October 30, 2010 at 8:31 pm

PLEASE CHANGE ADDRESS TO:

77 & E. Ailsie Avenue

709 E. Ailsie Acenue is a bit to far West. Just Southeast of the Intersection of 77 and East Ailsie Avenue will map properly map to the site of the Drive-In. When you go to the Map you can still see some of the Drive-In.

I wonder if the Drive-In isn’t really Brahma(n), that’s the breed of domestic cattle with the large hump over the shoulders adapted to hot climates, like Texas, and is used in crossbreeding for beef cattle. That would make sense for the name of a Drive-In in Texas. Can anyone check this out?

Open ~1952-~1964? Anyone care to verify the exact dates?

Need more info and photos.

Yakima1
Yakima1 on October 31, 2010 at 2:50 pm

The ‘Brahma’ celebrated it’s grand opening on Friday May 2, 1952 with it’s first feature “To Please a Lady” starring Clark Gable. The ‘Hiway’ just north of town advertised until March 26, 1952, when they announced “The Hiway Will Close After March 31. Watch for the Grand Opening of the BRAHMA DRIVE-IN about April 15th.” It was the third of four drive-ins in Kingsville opened by Joseph and Kyle.

Pictures and newspaper articles and ads seen here…..

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matt54
matt54 on October 31, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Yakima –

Great finds – thanks for posting. Note of interest: grand opening article (Kingsville Record 4/30/52) lists car capacity of 450. Pretty big for Kingsville.

I remember the screen tower mural.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on October 31, 2010 at 5:51 pm

About the Mural, in case you missed it:

The EYE CATCHER, 40 by 32 FOOT, BIG MURAL, on the highway side of the screen was painted by O.R. May of Fort Worth. It represented the outstanding things about Kingsville.

A giant-sized cowboy is about to hit the dirt after having been pitched off the back of a Brahma. They spell strange in Texas, see my comments yesterday about Brahma(n).

Flashing accross the sky is a jet (from the U.S. Naval Air Station, Kingsville).

In the background can be seen several of the college buildings (from the then named Texas College of Arts and Industries, now Texas A & M University – Kingsville). A & M stands for Agricultural and Mechanical.

matt54
matt54 on October 31, 2010 at 7:26 pm

My dad graduated from Texas A&I, 1958. He worked for Bud Piper at Cage-Piper Funeral Home (later Piper Funeral Home). We lived in the apartment over the ambulance garage. Piper has long since moved to bigger and better quarters but the old building where we lived is still there, at the corner of 10th and E. Kleberg.

The theaters we patronized in Kingsville were the Texas (downtown), the King’s, and the Brahma (without the final “n”).

Yakima1
Yakima1 on October 31, 2010 at 7:30 pm

I need to get back to the Kleberg library and look into the 60s, 70s and 80s to see what can be learned about the drive-ins under different ownership and the closing years. I understand the paper occasionally re-runs a historical piece about the Carpas and the drive-ins. The locals rave about that piece.

Yakima1
Yakima1 on November 1, 2010 at 7:16 pm

One needs to be careful about judging the car capacity from press releases. They seem to always overstate the car capcity or size…..perhaps to gain an edge with the movie bookers representing them in Dallas, or maybe just to sound more impressive to the public. The Motion Picture Almanacs and the International Motion Picture Almanacs of the time consistently ranked the Kingsville drive-ins as:
King’s – 300
Rancho – 300
Brahma – 250
HiWay – 250 or 300
I’m not saying that was the gospel, but the press numbers are usually considerably higher than other sources.

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm

This drive-in was located at 801 E Ailsie Ave.

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