Thunderbird Twin Drive-In

9510 Clay Road,
Houston, TX 77041

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Previously operated by: McLendon Theaters

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Thunderbird Twin Drive-In

The Thunderbird Twin Drive-In opened on July 1, 1965. In 1972 it was taken over by McLendon Theatres. It was closed around 1977. A business park now occupies the Thunderbird site.

Contributed by Bob Machann

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TLSLOEWS on April 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Thanks Lost,Maybe Mike Rogers has somemore info.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm

No, sadly my book covers the year 1956.

UhClem on March 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I went to the Thunderbird Drive-In from 1973 until around 1977 before it closed down and demolished to build a Safeway warehouse/business park complex. It had a large colorful neon thunderbird on the screen facing out to Clay Road. Towards the end, it was only open during spring/summer/early fall in its last couple of years of operation.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on March 12, 2012 at 5:23 am

Goggle Earth 1978

rexlmerrick on February 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I went to the Thunderbird all through my high school years at Spring Branch High. I took many girls there including my first wife when were still in school. I miss them both.


rivest266 on November 10, 2022 at 9:34 am

Taken over by McLendon theatres in 1972

JBW857 on March 20, 2023 at 10:45 am

I remember going there when we lived with my dad circa 1967/68. I remember seeing The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. I remember the mosquito PIC’s on the car dash and placing the speaker inside the car. Great memories.

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