Tulia Drive-In

Highway 86 and Highway 87,
Tulia, TX 79088

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Tulia Drive-In

The Tulia Drive-In was opened by 1953 and was operated by Lee Griffith and the Tulia Theatre Co. It is on two Topo maps one in 1967 and the other in 1982. it probably closed around that time.

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Backseater on December 18, 2018 at 6:47 am

My grandparents lived in Tulia and we visited them from the 1950s up to the early 70s. I remember seeing Sandra Dee in “Tammy and the Doctor” at that drive-in, which would have been fall of 1963 or early 64; possibly at Christmas break since I was a Freshman in college then. It also had Peter Fonda and Adam West, but I didn’t remember them.

Later I remember driving by and seeing a sign on the theater saying “Closed—Royal Open.” The Royal was and is the last operating indoor theater in downtown Tulia, listed elsewhere on this site. That was probably around 1966.

Here’s a link to one of those topographic maps, this one from 1965:


I knew it was on the North side of Highway 86, but thought it was further West. Turns out it was much closer to town. Wikimapia shows some kind of commercial site, with a large building and a couple of parked tractor-trailers; Here’s the link, but you have to select “Bing Satellite” manually.


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