Fort Worth Twin Drive-In

Interstate 30,
Fort Worth, TX 76101

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The Fort Worth Twin Drive-In opened in 1953. Driving on I-30 on the east side of Fort Worth, until recent years, the twin screens facing each other were clearly visible with a forest of small trees growing where the parking used to be.

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LarryFM
LarryFM on September 22, 2010 at 3:41 am

OUTSTANDING, Fwkid! In the July 25, 1953 issue of BOXOFFICE magazine, there’s a two-thirds page article describing the opening of the Fort Worth Twin, complete with three photographs, including the screen tower. The article states that it was opened by the C.D. Leon Theatres circuit, and the original architect for the theater was Harvey A. Jordan of Arlington, who also designed the Cowtown Drive-In.

Also, on the Historic Aerials website, the original screen towers can be seen as late as 1963, but by 1970, were converted over to the Stran-Steel structures. And I believe that by the time of the conversion in the ‘60s, the theatre was owned by Stanley Warner Theatres (which also owned the Corral and Westside Drive-Ins), and was later sold to Texas Southwest Theatres.

EXCELLENT post, Fwkid, and thank you VERY MUCH for your info!

mre1987
mre1987 on September 23, 2010 at 1:36 am

Thanks LarryFM! Something else I forgot to mention is there was outdoor seating at the end of the consession. It was just straight
benches with backrests and one speaker. I’m thinking one end of the consessions the seats were facing one screen and opposite on the other end. For some reason I can only remember sitting on the south
end facing east but if the seats were back to back it seams the sound would’ve conflicted. I grew up very close so that’s the drive in my family went to the most but we occasionally ventured out to other ones so there’s probably no drive in in Fort Worth built after
1954 that I haven’t been to except The Meadowbrook which was right across I30 from the Twin but for some reason my Parents always said The Meadowbrook was “seedy”

raymj
raymj on March 20, 2011 at 1:56 am

I would love to locate, purchase and revive a vintage drive-in movie theater in Texas. Does anyone have any leads? Thanks.

raymj
raymj on March 20, 2011 at 1:59 am

I am very interested in locating, purchasing and reviving a vintage drive-in movie theater in the Dallas-Ft. Worth or surrounding area. Would also be interested in a vintage traditional movie theater in the same area.

Zubi
Zubi on March 20, 2011 at 2:43 am

Anyone remember the Western Hills 4? I would love to see an entry for it.

LarryFM
LarryFM on March 22, 2011 at 1:59 am

Raymj, all of the drive-in theatres in Fort Worth have been demolished and/or paved and built over with new structures (Wal-Mart, strip mall, etc.), except for the Meadowbrook. It’s screen tower and box office (including it’s sign) are still in existence. I believe the property is owned by Waste Management Services, as the old lot now holds garbage dumpsters. It sounds like an intriguing idea you have. Good luck!

Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on July 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Sad.. The Both Screens were removed a couple of years ago. Nothing remains of the Fort Worth Twin today except the land it sat on.. I’m with LarryFM too. Good Luck raymj! The Meadowbrook is the only one left standing that I know of. Just to note, someone looked into re-opening the Meadowbrook a few yrs back. After they found out they would have to connect the sewer of the Drive In to the City’s hook up, they backed away from it. The cost was going to be pretty high from my understanding because of how far they’d have to run the sewer line to connect to the cities connection. As the Drive In was on a Septic Tank system & no longer can be done this way. And the City would not go in half to help get this done. This is what I was told*. But you never know until you look into it, as today, something could be done! Randy A Carlisle RAC Photography

Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on July 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Here’s a few (of the several) photos I’ve taken of the Fort Worth Twin.. Enjoy! http://www.flickr.com/photos/racphotography/466808670/ .. Plz, No copying & pasting any of my photos to any other site, Thanx! RAC Photography

Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on January 12, 2012 at 5:56 am

Chuck1231.. I so appreciate the compliment. Thank You!

Now, If I could figure out how to make my link do like you did in your comment. ie. “photos” .. How is this done? Thanx! Randy

RAC Photography

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1931 Bomar Avenue. The theatre was the field east of this address.

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