Trail Drive-In

Texas 31 Business & Slagle Street,
Athens, TX 75751

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Trail Drive-In

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The Athens Drive-In was under construction in 1952. By 1953 it was operating as the Star Vue Drive-In. It was owned by Owen Killingsworth. By 1957 it was the Trail Drive-In. It was the place to see movies outdoors in Athens, Texas. It was closed in 1985. It became a go-kart racing area for a while.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Open ~1964-~1975? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

Go to the Map and you can sure still see the Drive-In. Go to the Photo and you can see the Skeleton of the Screen with the TRAIL Sign STILL ON IT!

More info and photos are always welcome.

drivein2001
drivein2001 on February 17, 2011 at 2:50 am

Last time I was in Athens, The Trail Drive In Screen was still standing as well as the snack bar. Altho, the land was being used for Scrap metal. This a few years back. I plan on going back there soon, if at all possible, for some updated photos..
RAC Photography

drivein2001
drivein2001 on February 28, 2011 at 3:13 am

Went back this past Weekend! The Screen and Concessions stand is still there. Still used as a Metal scrap place too. Not much has changed at all.. Seen Here:. View link .. Enjoy!
RAC Photography
Randy A Carlisle
Historical Photography

Movies-N-Things
Movies-N-Things on September 15, 2011 at 4:47 am

I remember my mom and dad letting me and my sister sit on the roof of our old LTD to watch a movie here but I was so young and it closed not long after that I’m not sure what I watched I think it was Arthur. But I had to be 1 or 2 at the time and all I remember was getting to sit on the roof of the car.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 23, 2012 at 2:22 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 912 West Corsicana St.

driveinfan
driveinfan on May 19, 2017 at 3:13 pm

In March 2013 the skeleton screen tower was still standing but by August 2013 the tower was gone. The concession building was still there. Went by the location in 2014 and the pipe business that had been on the property was gone.

driveinfan
driveinfan on May 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm

In my notes I have that the Trail drive in opened in 1957 and closed in 1985.

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