Riverside Drive-In

110 American Legion Road,
Smithville, TX 78957

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The Riverside Outdoor Theatre was launched April 20, 1950 by Joe D. Blinka. He sold the theatre in 1952 to M.M. Mitchell and it became the Riverside Drive-In Theatre. Blinka would move on to Schulenburg to establish the Midway Drive-In. The Riverside Drive-In was damaged by a tornado on April 26, 1957 but continued operations.

The ozoner closed on October 10, 1958 after showing Bob Hope in “Paris Holiday”. The theatre’s materials were offered at a salvage sale the following day.

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Kenmore on March 15, 2019 at 3:49 am

Found It!

The drive-in was located at 110 American Legion Rd, Smithville, TX.

Today, All Faith Funeral & Cremation Service sits at the entrance to the property. There is no trace of the drive-in remaining.


davidcoppock on March 15, 2019 at 9:43 pm

I bet people are dying to this place now?

Kris4077 on July 2, 2019 at 1:36 am

Dying to get into this place.

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