Chief Drive-In

1710 #A, S. Jackson Street,
Jacksonville, TX 75766

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Chief Drive-In

In its July 26, 1952 issue, Billboard wrote, “Robert Lugenbuhl, city manager at Jacksonville, Tex., for the East Texas Theaters, Inc., announce that work has been started there on a new 500-car capacity drive-in which will be known as the Chief Drive-In”.

The 1953-54 Theatre Catalog listed Jacksonville’s Chief Drive-In with a capacity of 490 cars, owner Julius M. Gordon, Jefferson Amuse. Co.

A 1971 aerial photo showed an intact drive-in on the south side of town, then just north of train tracks where they intersected US 69. By 1982, the screen was gone. Apex Cinema Jacksonville is on the site today.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore
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