Red Bluff Drive-In

1100 Broadway Avenue,
Pasadena, TX 77506

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Previously operated by: Phil Isley Theaters, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

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Red Bluff Drive-In

The Red Bluff Drive-In opened on August 5, 1953 with Alan Ladd in “Shane” & Tom Neal in “Navy Bound”. Car capacity was listed at 500. The drive-in was located on Bluff Road, just down from Highway 225. It was operated by Phil Isley Theaters until 1969 and then by United Artists.

The Red Bluff Drive-In went over to screening adult movies from 1975. It was closed in 1988 and has since been demolished.

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Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

pmljcbs on April 10, 2016 at 11:59 am

You bet it was adult. There were numerous car accidents on the road that went by the theater, because it frequently looked like you were driving directly into one of the various popular body apertures.

Luisa1948 on June 11, 2016 at 1:17 pm

I was born and raised in Pasadena Texas. I remember this theater started showing porn movies during the last years of its life. It was great during my teen years. Good memories.

plastic96 on July 30, 2016 at 10:00 am

Indeed it was the first porn theater I’d ever seen. Before they built the wall, My parents would threaten us with a beating if we looked that way while we passed the theater. We looked anyway, but were way too young to understand what the big deal was.

kiteman on June 20, 2020 at 11:55 am

On a visit to Texas from the UK ,the people i stayed withs relatives asked if i had been taken to Red Bluff ? , i had no idea what they were talking about but soon found out, never did go there but passed it often ,i feel the VCR most likely closed this drive inn down early .

kennerado on June 22, 2020 at 3:37 am

As mentioned above it was open up until at least July 1981. It was raided multiple times for screening adult films in the late 70’s.

rivest266 on November 10, 2022 at 12:43 am

the Red Bluff Drive-In opened on August 5th, 1953. Grand opening ad posted.

davidcoppock on November 11, 2022 at 5:01 am

Is there anything on this site now?

Kenmore on November 11, 2022 at 5:44 am

The current address of the property is 1100 Broadway Ave, Pasadena, TX.

However, Simmons Blvd was the entrance road at the time the drive-in was open.

The drive-in was intact in a 1983 aerial photo, but demolished by 1995. Most of the ramps remained visible in a 2004 aerial.

Today, JVIC sits on the property with no trace of the drive-in remaining.

vfilippone on February 15, 2024 at 10:59 pm

Red Bluff was open until the late ‘80s at least (posting a newspaper ad to the photo section for it from Houston Chronicle/March 1988, upper left corner of page).

MichaelKilgore on February 16, 2024 at 10:22 am

I believe that vfilippone’s clipping is pretty close to the end. A story, about Pasadena’s challenges, in the Oct. 29, 1989 Houston Chronicle mentioned, “The Red Bluff Drive-In is out of business and up for sale.”

And if you had any doubt, it was the VCR that killed the Red Bluff and other adult movie businesses, per a Jan. 19, 1987 article in the Chronicle. For privacy, there’s no place like home. “It’s not the price… Admission charges for the movies range from $2 on Monday and Tuesday at the Red Bluff Drive-In and $4 on other nights to $6.50 at most of the walk-in theaters.”

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