Varsity Drive-In

2202 Culebra Road,
San Antonio, TX 78228

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Varsity Drive-In exterior

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Located at Culebra Road and Bandera Road, the Varsity Drive-In opened on July 14, 1949. It had a capacity for 638 cars.

The drive-in is long gone. A popular supermarket chain now has a store where the drive in was once located.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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maxusxII40
maxusxII40 on September 26, 2006 at 7:36 pm

outafocus,

How can I get photos of this drive in- (Varsity, San Antonio)?

Also I’m looking for a link to a website that described san antonio movie theaters both old and new. Can you help?

Marcus

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 9, 2008 at 2:41 pm

The Varsity was torn down in 1980. Here is a photo. The poor quality is due to the original photo, not to me:
http://tinyurl.com/ysdhmq

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 6, 2008 at 2:06 pm

According to this site the timeline is July 11, 1949 to 1980.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 21, 2008 at 12:02 pm

In 1975 the Varsity Drive-In had a capacity for 425 cars.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Here is a December 1972 ad from the San Antonio Express:
http://tinyurl.com/lubfwt

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 24, 2009 at 8:07 pm

And what does that show us?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 27, 2009 at 6:53 pm

In 1956 it was owned by Lone Star Theatres.

trongod05
trongod05 on January 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I saw my first movie at the Varsity Drive-In when I was a few years old between 1977 and 1980 before they tore it down. That movie was Star Wars. Star Wars at the Drive-In is amazing.

When they erected the first HEB in its place, the screen was still there for a number of years. I think the posts are still back there somewhere.

mikefernandez
mikefernandez on June 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Trongo, the screen tower was demolished months before HEB started construction of the store and there are no speaker posts at all in the rear of the property. The old fence that separated the last row of speakers and the old baseball field behind the drive-in, that is still there.

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