Towne Twin Drive-In

4719 Dietrich Road,
San Antonio, TX 78219

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The Towne Twin Drive-In opened in September 1957. Closed in 1983 and nothing has been built on the site yet. The layout and the entrances are still there but everything is covered with tall weeds.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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melissatx75 on September 13, 2005 at 11:13 am

I just visited the area two weekends ago and got some pictures of the lot area. I found where the old ticketbooths stood and their concrete floors, I also found the concrete entrance that led to the highly weeded area on the east side of the lot. I didn’t venture too far since the land was very obstructed with trees, grass, and some trash. Hopefully I can return to take some more pictures of the projection and snackbar floor in the middle of the lot.

Jim Miller
Jim Miller on July 4, 2006 at 5:36 pm

The Towne Twin was a VERY nice drive in. It had large (55x110) CinemaScope screens that were made of plaster. The light on the screens was very good. The two projection rooms sat atop the snack bar and were mostly glass and resembled airplane control towers. The snack bar originally had dining booths, and was open during the day as a restaurant. The Towne Twin was never a big money maker. Although it was right on the highway you had to go through a residential area to get to the boxoffice. The large ornate marquee was on WW White near “The Farmer’s Daughter” night club.

FlashBack1968 on April 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

I’m not sure where got the timeline from but the San Antonio Light has the Towne Twin as early as Sept. of 1957. That’s just in the Movie Listing pages. I didn’t find an earlier article on it’s opening.

Aerial in ‘63

FlashBack1968 on October 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm

So the SAPL has this new “Twin Screen Suburban Outdoor Theater” at Loop 13 and Highway 90 East opening October 4, 1956. I couldn’t remember it but after checking old newspapers, it has to be the Towne Twin. Same address. I didn’t see any mention of Towne Twin until 1957.

Newspaper ads and aerial

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