Texan Drive-In

5800 W. Highway 80,
Midland, TX 79706

300 cars

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Previously operated by: Video Independent Theaters Inc.

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Texan Drive-In

The Texan Drive-In was opened on March 18, 1948 with Larry Parks in “The Jolson Story”.. Today the screen tower is still visible across from the Big Sky Drive-In on W. Highway 80.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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shoeshoe14 on January 28, 2007 at 10:45 pm

Was owned by Video Independent.

jwmovies on December 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Above address does not map properly. Use 5800 West Highway 80. The screen is to the east of the open drive-in & west of Midland Powersports.

west_texas_flash on July 9, 2013 at 10:41 am

I believe the original location was about one mile east where All American Chevrolet is now located.

projectionist5 on July 7, 2015 at 9:41 pm

This was reopened for a little while as an independent theater then closed again and sold to a Lumber company

MichaelKilgore on May 18, 2020 at 2:26 pm

The Texan held its grand opening on Thursday, March 18, 1948, per an ad in the previous day’s Midland Reporter-Telegram. The opening program was “The Jolson Story.”

It was described as one mile west of Ranch House (which I can’t find) on the north side of Highway 80. That matches a drive-in shown on a 1963 aerial photo at present-day 4200 W Wall St.

Looking at that 1963 aerial, there are no other likely candidates for a drive-in on the north side of 80 between Midland and Odessa. In particular, whatever was later next to the Big Sky was an empty field in that 1963 aerial. A drive-in there was outlined in a 1975 topo map and was visible in a 1995 photo.

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