Perrin Drive-In

2202 E. Gallager Drive,
Sherman, TX 75090

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Here is the Opening Ad, in case the 2009 link goes dead.

R.E. Davis opened the Perrin Drive-In on June 12th 1953 with its very first flick being “Duel at Silver Creek” starring Audie Murphy.

The popular drive in had a successful sixteen year run before being closed and demolished in 1969 to make way for the Sher-Den Mall.

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 14, 2009 at 3:14 pm

A vintage ad announcing the Perrin Theater’s grand opening.

NYozoner on December 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm

2202 E Gallagher Dr, Sherman, TX 75090

The drive-in maps perfectly to the above address.

Here is a 1955 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS:

NYozoner on December 27, 2010 at 7:23 am

@Chuck: I am in New York, so I can see are the current and historical aerial imagery, and then match up the surrounding features such as roads, buildings, rivers, and lakes.

Historic aerial photos are a great way to document the precise location of any drive-in, along with topo maps. Especially for those drive-ins which were closed early in the 1950s or 1960s, that not many people even remember existed. It also does away with a lot of debate over exactly where the drive-in actually stood, in cases where people disagree.

I am working on a project to placemark and document every known drive-in location in the United States, using Google Earth. Open drive-ins are represented by green placemarrks, red for closed, cyan for drive-ins which were known to exist, but their location is undocumented, and yellow for documented locations which are unnamed.

I have some people helping me out by doing placemarking for states in the midwest and northwest. I have already completed New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, Nebraska, Alaska, Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Utah, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and am about 60% of the way through Texas.

Geez, there are a lot of drive-ins in Texas, didn’t those people have anything better to do than go to the drive-ins?

When the project is completed, you will be able to use Google Earth to see the precise location of every known drive-in in the country, along with supporting documentation which is embedded in each individual placemark.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to placemark a state or two may contact me at The regions that have not been placemarked yet are New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast. I hope to have all 50 states completed by the end of March, just in time for drive-in season!


NYozoner on December 27, 2010 at 7:27 am

I left out Pennsylvania, which is also completely placemarked with 209 documented drive-in locations.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on December 27, 2010 at 8:52 am

Texas had lots of drive ins because the weather permitted year round openings, and the towns are so far apart. In PA for example, one drive in could service 4-5 towns since they are so packed together. Seems like every little town in Texas had to have it own, and their was plenty of customers to go around at one time.

I love the old time 50’s-70’s aerial views, wished Google Earth would adopt them into their site. Not everyone likes them, and think they are a waste of time.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 27, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I have it being owned by Bob Davis in 1956.Sherman ,Texas also had a Campus Drive-in and Twin City drive-in in 1956.

TheALAN on February 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm

How many car-slots did the Perrin Drive-In have? Also, who was the architect?

TomMc11 on March 27, 2018 at 11:06 am

1956 Historic Aerial shows the Drive in. 1995 Historic Aerial shows the mall mentioned above. 2004 Historic Aerial shows everything has been torn down. Current Aerial shows absolutely nothing on the site.

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