1605 E. Main Street,
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The Ellis Drive-In opened on April 11, 1950 featuring the 1946 western “Canyon Passage” with Dana Andrews, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward and Patricia Roc. It was opened by Robb & Rowley United Inc. with a 400 car capacity. They were also operating the Empire Theatre, Ritz Theatre and Texas Theatre all indoor theatres in Waxahachie at this time. In 1951 United Artists Theatres acquired half of the Robb & Rowley stock when Mr. Robb passed away, creating Rowley United Theatres. United Artists later purchased the balance of the stock from Mr. Rowley in 1972 and absorbed the Rowley United circuit into the larger United Artists portfolio of cinemas.
The Ellis Drive-In showed its last movie on August 29, 1969 and closed for the season, never to reopen again. In the early-1970’s it was used as a flea market. The drive-in was demolished except for the roadside marquee which sits abandoned and crumbling, overgrown by trees and bushes. Part of the land was sold to a printing company and the rest is an open field.
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