Blaze Destroys Historic Closed Texas Drive-In

posted by btkrefft on August 18, 2004 at 2:15 pm

WEATHERFORD, TX — Although the Jones Drive-In Theater hasn’t shown a movie in two decades, the huge screen tower has been a long-time landmark in the Weatherford area. The drive-in was destroyed by a fire on August 14th, leaving only the skeleton of the screen tower standing.

Fire department captain Chuck Beard said, “When I pulled up, I was remembering right off the bat. It made me feel a little sadness. I was about 18 when it closed, and remember it like it was yesterday.”

The drive-in opened in the 40s by Carlos and Bertha Jones, who ran it until 1975. It closed about a decade later. It was used in recent years for auto auctions, but was vacant at the time of the blaze.

The property was recently put up for sale, and there were hopes that the Jones Drive-In could be restored.

More details in this report from the Star-Telegram.

Comments (2)

sdoerr on August 20, 2004 at 2:53 am

do they think it could have been arson?

DriveInTheatre2001 on August 22, 2004 at 6:09 pm

I, Myself, Believe it was Arson. Why else would it had caught on fire? Now whether it was intentional or accident is the question. The Drive In was Not in use at the time. The Killeen Drive In screen in Killeen burned several years ago. I was Told that Kids started it. Kids being somewhere they should'nt had been. What it sounds like to me…….. Just my thoughts……

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