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 in 1946 and operated by Underwood & Ezell, it closed in 1984.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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lyssa751 on March 16, 2005 at 3:57 pm

I read somewhere that a local Ford Dealership in SA restored the Neon screen right before it was demolished to shoot a commerical at the Trail when it was still up in the early 80’s. The front of the mural depicted a cowboy on a horse looking over the range in the desert. If you do a search on this drive-in on the internet, you may be able to see examples of the mural.

Jim Miller
Jim Miller on July 4, 2006 at 6:40 pm

The Trail was the first drive in built with In Car Speakers. It was similar to the Fredericksburg Road drive in as it was built by the same company. Unfortunately the Trail suffered the same indignity of the Fred. Road and was turned to a porno theatre in it’s last years. It was a very sad end to one of the great theatres in San Antonio.

kencmcintyre on May 2, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Here is a 1973 photo from the Smithsonian:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 9, 2010 at 7:37 am

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

TLSLOEWS on May 8, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Nice screen photo ken mc.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on December 31, 2010 at 8:34 pm

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 on August 23, 2013 at 2:58 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 on November 9, 2017 at 2:44 pm

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

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