Lexington Drive-In

6210 S. Padre Island Drive,
Corpus Christi, TX 78412

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Lexington Drive-In

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The Lexington Drive-In was located on South Padre Island Drive, then known as Lexington. It also operated as the Capri Drive-In. After a long period of vacancy, it is now the site of a Ford dealership.

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Yakima1
Yakima1 on May 8, 2011 at 1:23 am

Address: 6202 Lexington Ave (currently S.P.I.D.) | Capacity: 750 cars | Opened as Bel-Aire Drive-in: Wednesday Dec 15, 1954 | Opened as 62nd and Lexington: Sunday Oct 21, 1956 | Opened as Capri at 62nd & Lexington: Sunday Jul 23, 1961 | Opened as Lexington: Friday Jan 4, 1963 | Owner / Builder: Chester W Kyle, Fred Latham, Lewis Maples | Other operators: Mr.&Mrs. Herman Gould, Al-Ray Theaters, Crim-Hartgrove Theaters, Corpus Christi Theaters | Closed: Stopped advertising in paper August 1968 | Currently (2010): Champion Ford Mazda |

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Yakima1
Yakima1 on May 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCZUCJMiZvA

Our home movies of the aftermath of Hurricane Celia in 1970. At 4:23 one can briefly see the remnants of the marquee for The Lexington Drive-in. It was already closed by 1970, but was still standing…..until Hurricane Celia ripped the screen to shreds and sent the debris piece-by-piece towards our house which was 2 blocks away. Scary storm.

At 1:45 into the video one can briefly see the marquee for The Surf Drive-in on Ayers. Some clever person had put “Gone With The Wind” on the marquee.

TenPoundHammer
TenPoundHammer on May 11, 2011 at 1:05 am

Wonder why it closed so early?

Yakima1
Yakima1 on May 24, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Why did it close so early? I know it survived Hurricane Beulah in Sep 1967, and around that time Corpus Christi Theaters (United Artists) tried to permit the addition of a second screen. There was certianly room on the large property. It was very close to an Elementary School and a new Junior High was opening nearby at that same time. Maybe they saw the writing on the wall because they closed after August 1968. It sat unused until Hurricane Celia destroyed it in Aug 1970. Pieces of the screen came flying at our house (two blocks away) throughout the storm.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm

uploaded an 1956 aerial of this brand-new drive-in.

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