Lone Tree Drive-In

5105 Lone Tree Road,
Victoria, TX 77901

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gleith
gleith on January 3, 2022 at 7:49 pm

Hi, Mike. Yes. Corky is my nickname. Good to hear from you.

gleith
gleith on January 3, 2022 at 7:47 pm

Hi, Mike. Yes. Corky is my nickname. Good to hear from you.

MrMojoRisin
MrMojoRisin on December 29, 2021 at 4:02 pm

gleith, is your nickname Corky by any chance? My Mom was the cook out there and I worked there off and on for many years myself. Deep Throat on a 60 foot screen was a bizarre experience…And your brother was my great friend. Mike,

gleith
gleith on December 29, 2021 at 11:00 am

Gordontheticketboy on September 6, 2017 at 11:28 a.m. is an imposter. Comment apparently made as a practical joke by former co-worker. I did work there, but never referred to former boss as Dutch Boy. He had a Dutch Boy haircut. As for “enjoyed the adult entertainment”, not true. We thought it was bizarre.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on January 17, 2020 at 1:10 pm

The May 4, 1957 issue of Boxoffice ran a three-page spread, with plenty of photos, about the Lone Tree. “From the extra-wide (120-foot) screen to the enticing kiddyland and the 12-employe concession stand with a grocery story for forgetful shoppers, the new theatre is outstanding not only in Texas, but is among the finest and largest in the nation.”

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on January 11, 2019 at 3:42 pm

Why the name Lone tree? It looks like there more than one tree there? Installed something called Minecast System(whatever that is?) in 1969.

MrMojoRisin
MrMojoRisin on December 15, 2017 at 8:01 am

Gordontheticket boy, is your nickname Corky by any chance? My Mom was the cook out there and I worked there off and on for many years myself. Deep Throat on a 60 foot screen was a unique experience…And your brother was my great friend. Mike

Sorry for the multi posts my laptop is wonky

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 7, 2017 at 4:51 am

Do you know Brad R. Richards?

Gordontheticketboy
Gordontheticketboy on September 7, 2017 at 4:28 am

My name is Gordon and I worked at Lone Tree back in High School. I sure enjoyed the Adult entertainment Best popcorn around and the Dutch Boy manager made us all laugh!!

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on November 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

lots of great photos in the photo section!

Greg100
Greg100 on November 12, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I ran projectors at the Lone Tree a few times while I was a projectionist at the Uptown. It was a real experience because of the long throw from the booth to the screen. We looked through a telescope attached to the projector to watch for change over marks.

longhorn
longhorn on April 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

rgsimpson, I know your post was several years ago, but if you’re still around, my mother worked the Lone Tree and at the Uptown and I would love to see those photos!

sepiatone
sepiatone on February 24, 2013 at 8:08 am

From the Victoria Advocate, February 16, 1972 – Several changes in management were announced Tuesday by Rubin S. Frels, president and general manager of Frels Theatres, Inc. Frels…announced that Gary Dunnam has been named manager of the Lone Tree Theatre. Dunnam joined Frels in May of 1971. A native of West, Texas, he is a former school teacher in Dallas and served four years in military intelligence.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 24, 2010 at 8:34 pm

A feature article, with photos, on the Lone Tree Drive-In appeared in Boxoffice magazine, May 4, 1957:
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rivest266
rivest266 on September 21, 2009 at 8:52 am

This drive-in finally opened: First ad at July 19th, 1957 at View link

All earlier dates has no ads. Ken MC, that was a pre-opening announcement.

txturbo
txturbo on March 1, 2009 at 11:15 pm

800 cars? It wasn’t that big as far as I can remember.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 28, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Architect and contractor was Harvey Jordan, according to the same article.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 28, 2009 at 12:58 pm

An article in the Victoria Advocate gave the opening date as March 8, 1957. Owner was Ruben Frels and general manager was Doyle Oliver. Theater plans and construction took over two years.

rgsimpson
rgsimpson on January 16, 2009 at 7:02 pm

I work at a theater in Pryor, OK. My boss’s family has been in the movie business for 50 years, and his father designed this drive-in. I have found some aerial photographs of this theater, as well as concession stand pics from its opening. The photographs we have, according to my boss, are of the opening weekend, they were playing a Jimmy Stewart picture. I also have 2 pictures of the Uptown in Victoria, but with 2 different marquees (must have been changed at some point in time)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 7, 2008 at 2:19 pm

The Victoria opened in February 1957, according to an ad in the Victoria Advocate at that time.

txturbo
txturbo on August 6, 2007 at 8:02 am

First time I went to this drive-in was about 1968.We lived less than ½ mile from it. During the 80’s it started showing only adult movies. This lasted for several years then it finally closed.