Showtown Twin Drive-In

128 E. Butcher Switch Road,
Lafayette, LA 70503

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Showtown Twin Drive-In

Located south of town, the Showtown Twin Drive-In opened on February 16, 1973 with Vanessa Redgrave in “Mary, Queen of Scots” & Richard Burton in “Anne of the Thousand Days” on screen 1. Screen 2 played John Marley in “Jory” & William Holden in “The Revengers”.

The current Grand 16 multiplex theater now stands on the site.

Contributed by Samuel Schiller

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 23, 2011 at 5:41 pm

What a bummer,Sam,A 16 plex,wouldn’t you know it.

Egostomus on July 26, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I saw a lot of good movies at that theater. I remember the mosquitoes being so bad that we had to burn little coils of insect repellent called Pik just to survive the movie. There was, of course, the standard playground beneath the screens, but we were never allowed to venture to such wondrous environs.I’d love to find a photo of that old gem.

rivest266 on August 16, 2012 at 4:41 am

1969 aerial uploaded here

Frenchie35 on September 10, 2014 at 11:11 am

I went there but I can’t recall seeing any movies…:) We use to go to the exit and back. If that didn’t work we had a trunk full of movies goers that didn’t have enough money to pay there way in……they got smart and stated checking the trunks…..

jwmovies on October 26, 2016 at 11:26 pm

Aka Showtown Twin Drive-in per

davidcoppock on March 30, 2019 at 11:08 am

Opened on 16/2/1973 with on screen 1 with “Mary Queen of Scots” and “Anne of the thousand days” and on screen 2 with “The Revengers” and “Jory”.

Kenmore on April 1, 2019 at 7:38 am

The address is incorrect. As the poster for the grand opening of the drive-in shows, it was north of town along HWY 167.

A much closer address is 128 E Butcher Switch Rd, Lafayette, Louisiana. This appears to be the old entrance to the drive-in, but the property has changed considerably.

A 1998 aerial shows the remains of the Showtime Twin. Today, most of the property is an RV/trailer lot. There is no trace of the drive-in remaining.

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