Cuddihy Drive-In

Corpus Christi, TX 78413

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A very short-lived drive-in for Corpus Christi, located near the now defunct Cuddihy Field. Advertisements exist for it only from August 30 to November 11, 1947 and none thereafter.

Contributed by Bobby P.

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Yakima1
Yakima1 on May 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm

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I’m making an assumption that what looks like drive-in scars in the 1956 aerial is in fact 9 year old remnants of a this short-lived drive-in. I have not been able to verify. I see no other likely drive-in location on or near Cuddihy field.

driveinfan
driveinfan on July 15, 2016 at 3:59 am

Does anyone else know of the drive in that was once at the Cuddihy naval base?

Kenmore
Kenmore on July 17, 2016 at 4:11 am

I looked at a 1952 aerial photo of the location that Yakima1 cited and there is no evidence of a drive-in scar at that time. So, I do not believe that is the location.

An aerial photo of the field in 1944 compared to the 1952 aerial shows virtually no change at the base. A little research shows that the field was abandoned shortly after WWII, but was not purchased by the city until 1947.

This may sound a little weird, but what if the drive-in was actually part of the field itself in some manner? If they used the paved area for parking, all they would need to do is set up a screen and speakers.

Kenmore
Kenmore on July 17, 2016 at 4:23 am

And a projection booth as well (forgot about that). Still, if they used the area near the hangers or on the airstrips itself, there may be no discernible trace of a drive-in remaining.

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