Loop Drive-In

4411 W. 7th Street,
Texarkana, AR 75501

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Previously operated by: Joy's Theaters Inc.

Previous Names: Red River Drive-In

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Loop Drive-In

The Loop Drive-In was located in Texarkana, Arkansas it was owned and operated out of New Orleans by Joy’s Theatres, Inc. Joy N. Houck the president. The Ded River Drive-In opened in August 1952 (not to be confused the Red River Drive-In across the border in Texarkana, TX which has its own page on Cinema Treasures). It was later renamed Loop Drive-In. In the late-1950’s it was the only drive-in in this city and parked 700 cars. A McDonalds now sites on the entrance to the site.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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AndyCallahanMajorMajor on September 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm

This one was at the southwest corner of Broad Street (US 67) and E. 18th Street, next door to Texarkana High. The shape of the drive-in is somewhat visible, but a business is located on the property now.

rivest266 on January 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Was this also the 67 Drive-In in the late 1960’s.

NYozoner on January 29, 2011 at 5:27 pm

@Mike: The 67 Drive-In was on US 67 on the Arkansas side, and the Loop Drive-In was on US 71 on the Texas side.

MichaelKilgore on August 12, 2019 at 8:11 am

Same street, same drive-in? From the March 28, 1960 issue of Boxoffice:

TEXARKANA — Purchase of the Red River Drive-In on West Seventh by Houck & Powers Theatres has been announced by L. D. Powers. The new owners have closed the drive-in for remodeling and redecoration and will reopen around April 1.

Movies booked will be the “latest and the best,” according to Powers, who has been in theatre business 21 years. His partner, Joy Houck, has been in exhibition 30 years and also produces pictures.

They plan to redesign the concessions stand, repair speakers, repaint the building and improve the ramp area. The drive-in was built eight years ago, formerly owned by Eldon Peek of Oklahoma City.

“We have faith in Texarkana and its future and in show business,” Powers said. He and Houck also own the Leo, the Joy Drive-In and a theatre in Prescott, Ark.

50sSNIPES on April 9, 2024 at 8:36 pm

Opened in August 1952, closed in the 1970s.

MichaelKilgore on April 10, 2024 at 6:52 pm

I am so confused! As I type, the address for this drive-in is: 4411 W. 7th Street, Texarkana, AR 75501

But 4411 W 7th and Zip Code 75501 are both on the Texas side of the border.

The 1960 topo map shows the 7th Street drive-in as one of two on the Texas side in Texarkana. Was either of them ever the Loop?

50sSNIPES on April 11, 2024 at 9:32 am

I have to agree, my brain is scrambling. CinemaTour got the address wrong, that’s why it said Arkansas instead of Texas. I’m very sure that the only drive-in theater the Arkansas side of Texarkana got is the 67 Drive-In which opened in 1965.

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