King Drive-In

U.S. 380 and C R 401,
Aspermont, TX 79502

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King Drive-In

Located in Aspermont, Texas the King Drive-In opened on May 24, 1952 with Robert Ryan in “Best of the Bad Men”. It was usually only showing one feature a night. Admission for adults was 65 cents. Kids were not free like most drive-ins; it was 35 cents for children. I noticed when new speakers were put on the lot that summer of 1967 adult price went to seventy-five cents !

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 16, 2010 at 10:28 am

There was a Link Drive-in there,Chuck 1231.I thought they could be the same?

jwmovies on October 17, 2012 at 12:13 am

Approx. location for this drive-in was US 83 & CR 401. The entrance was just south of the intersection on Hwy 83.

SteveWriter on April 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Hello. I’m Steve, a writer in DFW. My father’s side of the family lived in Aspermont and I visted often in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 1990s. Our last family member passed in 2004. I’d like to learn more about the theaters Pete and Lannie Blackshear owned including the ACE, Queen and King Drive In. HV Link opened a drive in but lasted only about a year before going under. Photos would be helpful and appreciated.

My father worked at the Queen in the early to mid 1940s and I have his and my grandfather’s oral history on tape. My field is Christian Fiction set in small towns and while the main characters are more fiction than reality the settings are or were very much real. Historical Romantic Fiction is an enjoying writing genre and I’d like to recreate Aspermont and surrounding towns as they were in the early 1900s to the 1960s.

The Blackshear’s in the Stonewall County Historical book of 1979 had a great section on their lives. They started in the early 20s owning a variety store, then purchased the Queen, already in existence running silent films. They built a second theater next door that became the Queen turning the original into the ACE theater. Then later opened the twin KING Drive-In. Pete passed in 1955 and Lannie in 1967 I believe. Kept the Drive-In’s open to the day she died. HV Link opened or may have taken over the KING renamed LINK’S but lasted less than a year I believe.

Any memories, links, photos or suggestions regarding history preservation would be grateful appreciated. Write here or in care of . Thanks!

driveinnut on October 12, 2013 at 8:07 pm

The Aspermont Star has the King Drive-in listed in a May 1952 edition.This is as far back as I could trace it. Does anyone have any pictures?

dansdriveintheater on March 16, 2019 at 1:01 am

cinema treasures list this theater as a twin with four hundred cars. that’s pretty small and almost unbelievable but all that remains of this theater is the outline which shows this was definitely the case and it was a twin!

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