I-45 Drive-In

211 West Road,
Houston, TX 77038

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Previously operated by: McLendon Theaters

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I-45 Drive-In

Houston’s last original drive-in theater, the I-45 Drive-In opened on July 2, 1982. The 46-acre site had 6 screens and was operated by McLendon Theatres.

The I-45 closed on Leap Year Day, February 29, 1992 with Walt Disney’s animated feature “Beauty and the Beast”. A land development group had purchased the site for retail construction.

Contributed by Bob Machann

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

DJRage70 on August 8, 2011 at 12:31 am

The picture above is from about 1987. Chuck the pic in your first link is from 1984

DJRage70 on August 8, 2011 at 12:38 am

I saw this sign for the 45 Drive in painted over and was used for the short lived Lone Star Amphitheater on Westpark @ W Loop 610

214scifi on May 15, 2012 at 3:43 am

Correction that second photo is not from 1984 but 1985. I went here in the fall of 1987 with my family when I was 11 to see a double feature of THE LOST BOYS and WITCHES OF EASTWICK. The sound was off an AM radio station. But it was fun!

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Drive-In 54 on May 15, 2012 at 5:45 am

Uploaded Goggle Earth 1989. With all the land out there, they had to build right there the drive-in was at. Maybe the business was not very good.

richjr37 on August 19, 2019 at 6:19 pm

This was five minutes from where I lived as a kid. Of course,it opened just over four years after we left. Our old go to drive-in,the Airline,was fifteen minutes away going down the I-45 Freeway towards the downtown area.

rivest266 on January 25, 2024 at 6:23 am

Grand opening ad posted.

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