Mathis Drive-In

1049 N. Front Street,
Mathis, TX 78368

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Found an old drive-in in Mathis, TX during a Google Earth search. The Mathis Drive-In was opened on April 20, 1950 with Larry Parks in “Jolson Sings Again”.

The Mathis Drive-In was listed in 1955 with a capacity for 350 cars. The drive-in was sold for redevelopment in October 1962. The screen was destroyed by Hurricane Celia on August 3, 1970.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I have 500 cars in the 1956 Motion Picture Almanac and it was owned by L.D.Glasscock.

Yakima1 on October 15, 2010 at 6:10 am

Sep 25, 1954 Billboard Magazine says…“John Reed, manager of the Mathis Drive In, Mathis, Tex., has announced that CinemaScope has been installed at the drive in…”.

Oct 9, 1954 Billboard Magazine says…“Leon Glasscock, head of the Glasscock Theater Circuit, has announced that CinemaScope is being installed in his seven theaters and two drive-ins that comprise the circuit. Drive-ins include the Mathis Drive-in, Mathis Tex., and the Trail Drive-in at Pleasonton, Tex….”

dansdriveintheater on February 26, 2019 at 6:43 pm

you can barely see the outline and some of the ramps but they still remain!

MichaelKilgore on March 9, 2023 at 2:58 pm

Sounds like Leon may have been one of those guys who sold his drive-in like a used car off a lot.

Boxoffice, Nov. 18, 1950: “L. D. Glasscock has put his Mathis Drive-In up for sale”

Motion Picture Exhibitor, Oct. 31, 1962: “The Mathis Drive-In, Mathis, Tex., operated by Leon Glasscock, has been sold and will give way to a homes development project.”

MichaelKilgore on June 25, 2024 at 5:32 pm

Boxoffice, Aug. 24, 1970: “W. T. Ash was on the (Dallas Film) Row and reported total loss of his Mathis Drive-In due to hurricane Celia. He said it’s not likely he will rebuild.”

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