Chief Drive-In

5600 N. Lamar Boulevard,
Austin, TX 78751

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The Chief Drive-In was opened in September 1947. It was Austin’s oldest drive-in. In 1964 the screen was resurfaced and a twin box-office was built, plus a new marquee and remodeled concession area. The Chief Drive-In parked 814 cars and was a Trans-Texas Theatre.

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cheaplafs on March 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm

It was on Southeast corner of Koenig and N.Lamar. I went there many times. If I was a good boy I got to ride “ Little Toot”.

wmarty127 on November 24, 2012 at 10:49 am

Well it seems that another Austin Drive-In was already in operation when the Chief Drive-In opened.

wmarty127 on November 24, 2012 at 10:56 am

This theater was originally named “Joseph’s Drive-In Theater”. The name was changed in 1947 to “North Austin Drive-In Theater” prior to the opening of the “South Austin Drive-In Theater”.

STATISTICS Opened: 18 November 1940Screens: 1Capacity: 450 cars

wmarty127 on November 24, 2012 at 10:59 am

Do not know what paper this was published in, but here is an ad of the opening of Chief Drive-In….

Pawnshop on June 27, 2013 at 10:07 am

The Commerce Park office/retail center is on the site of the former drive in. border streets are: North Lamar, Koenig, Guadalupe and Nelray.

chica on October 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm

I remember this place well. I grew up in the trailer under the movie screen. Lil Toot was always fun to ride. I guess what I remember the most was learning how to ride my bike up and down the rows, and watching the movies from the front of my yard.

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