Yellow Jacket Drive-In

TX-115 and E. Dallas Avenue,
Kermit, TX 79745

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Yellow Jacket Drive-In

The Yellow Jacket Drive-In in Kermit, TX was opened around 1952 when it was operated by J.L. Slaughter. It had closed by 1996 and only the ramps and the foundation of the projectors booth remain the actual projectors booth and all the speaker poles were removed in the 2010’s.

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davidcoppock
davidcoppock on November 28, 2018 at 7:15 am

Why the name Yellow jacket?

driveinfan
driveinfan on December 3, 2018 at 7:23 am

The drive in was named for the High School mascot.

dansdriveintheater
dansdriveintheater on December 3, 2018 at 9:08 am

where did you hear that drive-inf fan. just curious i want proof! because if you lived in the area when the drive-in existed and the drive-in owners or school staff told you so then i’d believe you but if you didn’t grow up in the area i want proof!

driveinfan
driveinfan on December 4, 2018 at 5:31 am

dansdriveintheater….I have been doing research on the Texas drive ins for years. Plus I work with a gentleman who is from Kermit, Texas. There is your proof.

dansdriveintheater
dansdriveintheater on March 3, 2019 at 8:54 pm

know i’m late but thanks!

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on March 3, 2019 at 9:35 pm

Did the high school mascot wear a yellow jacket?

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on October 30, 2019 at 2:26 pm

Probably the origin story, from the Aug. 16, 1952 issue of Billboard:

Frank Love Jr., manager of the Kermit Theaters, Kermit, Tex., announces that construction will start there soon on a 500-car capacity drive-in.

driveinfan
driveinfan on March 17, 2020 at 5:15 am

In early 2019 a RV Park was opened up on the old drive in property and the concession building was torn down.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on April 15, 2020 at 1:50 pm

Billboard, May 16, 1953: “Paul W. Gay has taken over management of the Oasis, Kermit, Lariat and Tower Drive-In theaters in Kermit, Tex. … He replaces Frank Love Jr., who is retiring.”

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