402 Dixieland Road,
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Located on Highway 83. The Valley Drive-In was opened February 8, 1945 with Esther Williams and Red Skelton in “Bathing Beauty”. It was built by C.A. Richer of Lone Star Amusement Co., who claimed he had previously built the third ever drive-in in existence in the USA. He had theatres in the Texas cities of Houston, Corpus Christi and San Antonio prior to the opening of the Valley Drive-In.
The Valley Drive-In was the first drive-in theatre to open in Harlingen. It cost $75,000 and had a screen 38' x 52' and was said to be the 247th drive-in to open in the USA.
In 1955 the Valley Drive-In was still operated by C.A. Richer and Southwest Theatres Ct. in 1948. The Valley Drive-In closed in February 1960.
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