Apache Drive-In

13180 Texas 31,
Tyler, TX 75705

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Apache Drive-In

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The Apache Drive-In opened in 1979. It has a capacity for 300 cars. This drive-in shows adult movies.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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neverf4getme
neverf4getme on May 16, 2010 at 8:25 am

I ALWAYS ENJOYED WATCHING THE ELABORATE DANCE THAT THE CARS PERFORMED IN THE PARKING LOT. MOVING SYNCHRONIZED TO THE MUSIC WHICH WAS THE MOVIE PLAYING ON THE BIG SCREEN. SOME NIGHTS NO MUSIC WAS EVEN NEEDED FOR THE DANCE TO COMMENCE. MIKE AND GLORIA SURE BROUGHT A WHOLE NEW CLIENTELE TO THE THEATER. BOTH COUPLES AND THE YOUNGER CROWD STARTED TO FREQUENT THE MOVIES. NO ONE WAS GONNA GET HURT NOT WITH MIKE AROUND AND HE KEPT IT SO CLEAN. GLORIA WAS A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY MAKING SURE YOU FOUND THE MOVIE YO0U WERE LOOKING FOR. SHE KEPT A SENSE OF HUMOR IN SITUATIONS THAT COULD OTHERWISE BE ACKWARD. SURE DO MISS THE FUN.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on April 5, 2012 at 5:29 am

Hello all,

I am doing a large-scale research project on adult theatres and would be very interested to hear from anything who either worked at or attended this theatre during its time showing adult films. If you would like to help me out, you can email me at .

Thanks!

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 4, 2012 at 1:10 am

Address according to Google Maps is 13180 Texas 31, Tyler, TX 75705

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 8, 2013 at 6:29 am

Ran across this report on a blog…

In east Texas near the town of Tyler, Texas is a dinosaur of a drive-in movie theater called the Apache. It shows only xxx rated movies on the outside big screen and has private video rooms and upstairs indoor movie theater which is open from about 10AM to about 1AM. It is a cool place to cruise and meet someone …

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 8, 2013 at 6:40 am

I also added six photos I found in Lost Memory┬┤s post made back in 2004. The photos seem to be from 2001. That post has a long article about this place, from which I may post some excerpts.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 8, 2013 at 6:49 am

I thought this passage may be of interest to our readers:

On entering the lot, I saw the dimmest picture I had ever seen on a drive-in screen.

Parking in the third row from the screen, I got out of the car to investigate. I kept wondering “Why is the picture so dim?”. The ambient light level was so low that I had difficulty making out the shapes of the cars parked around me.

I searched the projection booth and the concession stand for the tell-tale light of a projector. Nothing. I just couldn’t see it. One remote possibility came to mind. The screen of the Apache sits up on a dirt hill most likely created during the clearing of the lot and the construction of the berms. Perhaps a dozen feet in front of the screen sits a small enclosure.

The day I was there before, I didn’t have time to scale the hill to investigate the purpose of the enclosure. Looking into it at night confirmed what I now suspected. The enclosure must house a projection TV unit. I could see a variety of green status lights inside the enclosure. That fact, coupled with the lack of light from the projection booth made a remote projector the only possibility that made sense.

This is the first drive-in theater that I’ve seen that uses a projection system other than standard film projectors. While not a digital projection system, the Apache’s equipment does demonstrate the potential for using non-traditional projection systems.

MarriedCouple
MarriedCouple on January 12, 2014 at 2:08 am

We love going to the Apache Adult Theater. Especially my wife (She often goes alone). She loves dressing Very Sexy (MiniSkirt or Very short, shorts /w heels and revealing top), and enjoys the men hitting on her. Upstairs is a group room where she and other adults can watch adult video’s and “share” each others company.

903newcomer
903newcomer on January 31, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Married couple I was wondering when is da best time to go to the Apache for a little fun…I’m new to the tyler area nd would appreciate your advice asap..thanks

gmike69
gmike69 on April 2, 2014 at 4:14 am

MWM coming to Tyler 18-19 April. Guys, Male looking for alittle fun Friday evening and sat nite both of us are. Big chested, park I lot to watch screen. she needs some company to visit the Y.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on April 2, 2014 at 6:40 am

I think the comments Ross on this drive in are not what cinema treasurers is for. This is not match.com. UGH

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