Chief Drive-In

5600 N. Lamar Boulevard,
Austin, TX 78751

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The Chief Drive-In was opened in September 1947 by Charles Ezell & Associates. 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 7:23 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 1:49 pm

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

wmarty127 on November 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm

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 1:59 pm

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 1:07 pm

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 11:06 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 30, 2016 at 4:47 pm

A brief article with two photos depicting the recently-opened family dining room and television lounge at the Chief Drive-In appeared in the May 9, 1960, issue of Boxoffice.

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