Houma Drive-In

5818 W. Main Street,
Houma, LA 70361

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Houma Drive-In

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This drive-in operated from about 1950 through 1980 and was owned by the Bijou and Drive-In Amusement Company. It accommodated 300 cars. It has been demolished and the site is now occupied by a supermarket.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on November 29, 2010 at 8:14 am

In 1955 this Drive-in was owned by Theater Owners Service Co., of New Orleans, they owned over 30 theaters in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Can always use more info and photos.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 29, 2010 at 9:30 am

An article that takes a journey down memory lane concerning the Houma Drive-in: View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Great reading,CWalczak,Thanks.

bfkhome
bfkhome on May 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm

The Houma Drive IN was NOT owned by Theater Owners Service Co of New Orleans as stated about. It was owned by the BIJOU AMUSEMENT COMPANY ownedby Johnny Jaccuzo, Arthur Bethancourt and Frank Doiron. I know because I worked at the Houma Drive In as a projectionist during the mid 60’s into the early 70’s. I also worked (simultaneously) at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Houma on Main Street during the same period of time. The aerial photo of the drivein property is a fairly old one as the property was sold to Rouses Supermarket sometime in the late 70’s or early 80’s. I have many fond memories working there especially during the summer months when the movie would not start until dark (which was 8-8:30 at night). We would show whichever movie was playing twice a night with an intermission in the middle. The last showing often would end way past midnight. Many of my friends who worked with me would end the night by going camping on the grounds to the rear of the property. As I recall it was 18 acres in size plus a huge undeveloped track of hundres of wooded acres behind it. There was a canal running through the back of the property and we would come to work in our boats (small aluminum frames with small outboards). It was not unusual for us to spend the entire night out camping and return the next day for work without having gone home. In those days that was not a big deal with our parents.

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