Trail Drive-In

910 SE Military Drive,
San Antonio, TX 78214

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Trail Drive-In

The site where the Trail Drive-In once stood is now a Wal-Mart Store. Wal-Mart recently purchased some adjoining parcels and is the process of turning the Wal-Mart into a Super Center. The ozoner had a capacity of 700 cars and a good life span.

Opened on April 28, 1946 with Randolph Scott in “Abiline Town” and operated by Underwood & Ezell. It was taken over by Santikos Theatres in 1973 and went over to screening adult movies. It was closed in 1984.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 3, 2009 at 2:17 am

Here is a 1973 photo from the Smithsonian:
http://tinyurl.com/d3p6og

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Boxoffice of May 7, 1949, said that the architect of Underwood & Ezell’s new Trail Drive-In was Jack Corgan.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 8, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Nice screen photo ken mc.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 1, 2011 at 1:34 am

1973 Aerial View:

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Was a Wal-Mart at one time, the new Wal-Mart Supercenter is located a couple of blocks to the West, new location looks to be occupied by new tenants.

FlashBack1968
FlashBack1968 on August 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Aerial view, looking northeast, showing the Trail Drive-In shortly after it opened in 1946. Roosevelt Avenue and Mission San Jose are at upper right.

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arto
arto on November 9, 2017 at 7:44 pm

Just before demolition, per Library of Congress: Roadside America -- Trail Drive-in Theater, San Antonio, Texas

https://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/24366123818

rivest266
rivest266 on January 12, 2020 at 12:41 am

The Trail Drive-In opened on April 28th, 1946. Grand opening ad posted

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on January 12, 2020 at 6:59 am

Opened with a cartoon(not named), and “Arilene Town”.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 17, 2020 at 12:18 am

Taken over by Santikos theatres in 1973 and switched to adult programming that year.

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