Spade Drive-In

Texas 114 & N. Alamo Road,
Levelland, TX 79336

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Previously operated by: Wallace Theaters

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Spade Drive-In ... Levelland Texas

The Spade Drive-In was opened in 1950. The screen of the Spade Drive-In was built with brick blocks that were stair-stepped on each side. Rather than being flat on the back, the screen was layered. “Spade” was spelled vertically in huge neon letters centered on the back of the screen and also in neon was the shape of a large spade.

Additional neon displayed some local cattle brands and ranch names of the area.

Contributed by Don Lewis

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

kencmcintyre on January 26, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Don, is Royce Blankenship any relation to Wallace Blankenship?

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 1, 2008 at 5:21 pm

A June 1955 photo of the Spade Drive In marquee and entrance. Showing was “Paratrooper” also known as “The Red Beret” starring Alan Ladd.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 4, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Party for the Spade Drive In Theater employees in Levelland taken 8/16/1951.

TLSLOEWS on March 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Love the neon on the back of the screen.

NYozoner on December 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Texas 114 & N Alamo Rd, Levelland, TX 79336

The above address will map to the location of the drive-in, which is located northeast of the intersection.

Here is a 1962 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS:

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 27, 2010 at 6:37 pm

that is heck of a staff for a theatre,wonder how many CRASHED the party.Great pictures and Ads.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 27, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I also found it parked 250 cars and in 1956 it was owned by W.B.Blankenship.

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on November 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm

One cool looking screen tower!

KingDuque on December 17, 2016 at 3:17 pm

I don’t remember the Spade Drive In in Levelland looking that way, however I left down in 68.

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