Trail Drive-In

904 W. Dickinson Boulevard,
Fort Stockton, TX 79735

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Previously operated by: Theater Enterprises Inc.

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Trail Drive-In...Fort Stockton Texas

The Trail Drive-In was operating by late-1948. It was still open in 1957.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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NYozoner on December 28, 2010 at 12:00 am

W Dickinson Blvd & Lodal St, Fort Stockton, TX 79735

The drive-in will map to the address above. It is still visible on Google Earth.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 28, 2010 at 9:06 am

Ownership and car capacity matches my 1956 Almanac.

jwmovies on December 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Approx. address for this drive was 1900 West Dickinson. There are now buildings on this property.

MichaelKilgore on July 27, 2019 at 6:36 am

Looks like the Trail existed during late 1948. From the Jan. 1, 1949 issue of BoxOffice: “FORT STOCKTON, TEX. – The Trail Drive-In gave away one-half ton of oranges and grapefruit during the holiday season. The Trail shows American and Spanish films and the citrus fruits were purchased from the Rio Grande valley.”

MichaelKilgore on April 15, 2020 at 2:08 pm

Billboard, May 23, 1953: “Theater Enterprises, Inc., has opened three new drive-ins in Texas. … Guy Moses, manager, opened the Trail Drive-In at Stockton.”

A note further down in the same column clarified what happened. “Remodeling of the Trail Drive-In Theater, Fort Stockton, Tex., has been completed, according to G. C. Moses, manager. Improvements included installations of more than 200 speakers, erection of a new screen, neon lighting on the front, a new box office, marquee, concession stand and general lighting of the drive-in.”

dansdriveintheater on April 6, 2023 at 3:38 am

Some of the ramps and outline remain

Kenmore on April 6, 2023 at 5:41 am

A closer address is 1920 W Dickinson Blvd, Fort Stockton, TX.

This puts it right at the entrance to the drive-in where an O'Reilly’s Auto Parts store currently sits.

A 1957 aerial shows the drive-in operational, but by 1984 it had been long demolished.

It’s pretty difficult to see any remnant of the drive-in. Particularly as its shape was defined by two major roads. But if you squint you can see a few parch marks of where some of the ramps used to be.

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