Texas Stadium Drive-In

2401 E. Airport Freeway,
Irving, TX 75062

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Previously operated by: McLendon Theaters

Architects: Harvey A. Jordan

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Texas Stadium Drive In Theatre - Demolished

An unusual feature of this drive-in was that the 3-screens could be lowered flat when not in use to protect against high winds and the speaker poles can be lifted out of the ground to provide a parking area. It was opened on December 22, 1972. It closed in the fall of 1982.

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on February 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Looks like the latest GE image shows the last remaining drive-in screen is finally gone.

greeneye4943 on May 10, 2010 at 2:11 pm

This theatre closed after the summer season in 1982. The Texas Stadium concession/projection building was later renovated into the Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop. There were three screens, one was retained and converted into a storage area with the screen pearmently in the “down” position (the screens all had hydraulic systems and were not left “up” on game days).

lrostochil on December 14, 2010 at 8:45 am

I don’t think this theater ever did very well because, by the mid-70’s, it was showing soft porn flicks.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 14, 2010 at 10:10 am

Porn on a giant drive-in screen? Nice.

NYozoner on December 27, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Here is a 1979 aerial photo of the drive-in with all three screens up, courtesy of Historic Aerials Dot Com:

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Here is a 1972 image with the screens and concession building apparently not installed yet:

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NYozoner on December 27, 2010 at 10:03 pm

TX-482 spur, Irving, TX 75062

The above address maps reasonably close to the stadium. The address currently being used maps about 5 miles west of the Stadium.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on December 28, 2010 at 1:19 am

Change the header from 2401 W. Airport Freeway to 2401 E. Airport Freeway, and it puts you right there… The 2401 E. is the actual address of the site of the former stadium.

LarryFM on April 23, 2012 at 7:16 am

Would anyone here know which issue of Boxoffice Magazine the Texas Stadium Drive-In Theatre article appeared in, please? Thank you.

davidcoppock on April 17, 2020 at 11:50 am

Opened on 22/12/1972 on screen 1 with “Deliverance” and “The rain people” and on screen 2 with “The new centurians” and “War devils” and on screen 3 with “The valachi papers” and “Vanishing Point”.

davidcoppock on April 17, 2020 at 12:49 pm

This is not the only drive-in in the World to have a screen that can fold down when not being used(it also happens at the Tom Price Hall and Drive-in at Tom Price, Western Australia, Australia, it gets folded down when a cyclone warning is issued).

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