Pioneer Drive-In

Hebbronville, TX 78361

400 cars

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Pioneer Drive-In

The Pioneer Drive-In was opened by Long Theaters in May 1952. It was still open in 1957.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Kenmore on February 26, 2019 at 10:34 am

A possible location is 118 N Vaello Ave, Hebbronville, TX.

A 1967 aerial photo shows an intact and possibly active drive-in at this location. Today, the property is occupied by a business with no trace of the drive-in remaining.

Another possible location is 816 S Cedar Ave, Hebbronville, TX.

The same 1967 aerial photo shows a demolished drive-in at this location. Today, the property is still empty and you can barely see the ramps and outline. The entrance road is rather suspect, so I’m going with the closest location in terms of the address.

If someone can determine which drive-in was closed and demolished by 1967 or if other information surfaces, then it should be possible to identify the exact location of the Pioneer Drive-In and Tito’s Drive-In.

MichaelKilgore on March 26, 2020 at 9:41 am

Billboard, July 18, 1953: “Albert Knopp, city manager of the Long Theater Circuit, Hebronville (sic), Tex., has announced opening of the Pioneer Drive-In on a four-day policy. The drive-in will also feature Spanish-language films.”

MichaelKilgore on April 16, 2020 at 1:03 pm

Billboard, May 24, 1952: “Albert Knopp has opened the Pioneer Drive-In at Hebbronville, Tex. It has a 400-car capacity. The Long Theater Circuit also plans a drive-in there. It is expected to be completed and ready for opening within two weeks.”

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