Hempstead Road Drive-In

10600 Hempstead Road,
Houston, TX 77092

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Previously operated by: Robb & Rowley-United Inc.

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Hempstead Road Drive-In

The Hempstead Road Drive-In opened on September 15, 1950. The premier feature was “My Friend Irma Goes West” with Marie Wilson and John Lund. The Hempstead Road Drive-In was an Ezell Theatre, billed as ‘open all year - rain or clear’, and ‘Absolutely the Last Word!’ The Hempstead advertised ‘a playground for the kiddies, a speaker for every car, in-car bottle warmers, and the world’s finest snack bar’. The Hempstead also advertised an automatic electric speaker indicator at the head of each ramp. Green lights would indicate speaker vacancies on that ramp. Admission for adults was 50¢, children for 9¢.

On July 17, 1964, the Hempstead’s screen was severely damaged by fire after a lightning bolt struck it during a thunderstorm. Repairs were carried out and the theatre finally closed in 1971.

Contributed by Bob Machann

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 14, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Okay the HEMPSTEAD parked 750 cars in 1956 and was owned by C.C. EZELL and assoc.

Neubauer on July 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm

My Dad was manager, and I was assistant manager, from 1966 until closing in 1970. Owned at that time by Rowley United.

rivest266 on November 10, 2022 at 2:42 am

grand opening ad posted.

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