Boulevard Drive-In

2801 S. Padre Island Drive,
Corpus Christi, TX 78415

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The Boulevard Drive-In was located on S. Padre Island Drive and Richter Street. It was opened on February 5, 1942 with Ronald Colman in “My Life with Caroline”. In was operated by Southwest Theaters. It was closed on June 16, 1961 and is now the site of Corpus Christi Trade Center (2833 South Padre Island Drive), which appears to have been converted from a former retail building.

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Yakima1 on May 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm

The Boulevard actually opened in early 1942 right after the beginning of WWII. It suffered the common ‘blackouts’ that drive-ins adhered to to prevent enemy bombings or spyings at night.

Address: 2801 Lexington Ave (S.P.I.D.) | Capacity: 300 cars | Opened: Thursday Feb 5, 1942 | First Feature: “My Life With Caroline” (1 August 1941) starring Ronald Colman, Anna Lee | Owner / Builder: Lone Star Amusement aka Southwest Theaters – CA Richter, Leon Newman | Closed: Sunday Jul 16, 1961 (Last ad in Caller) | Currently (2010): Corpus Christi Trade Center (formerly GMC Membership Store opening Dec 1, 1961 and later a Shopper’s World)

The oroginal projection booth and concession stand and the offices that were headquarters for Doc Richter are still standing in the parking lot of the Trade Center. I believe they are being used as an auto shop.

Yakima1 on May 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm

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Yakima1 on May 8, 2011 at 2:55 am

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MichaelKilgore on August 13, 2019 at 10:07 am

“CORPUS CHRISTI – The Boulevard Drive-In screen is now within ten feet of the highway, which passes the front of theatre, as a result of a highway widening project.” — Boxoffice, April 11, 1960

The May 2, 1960 Boxoffice elaborated on that news. “The Boulevard Drive-In at Corpus Christi will be closed as a result of widening the highway between Chapman Ranch road and the Charide Drive-In in Flour Bluff. Don Skewis of the state highway department said the project will be completed in August.”

davidcoppock on April 17, 2020 at 2:27 pm

Opened on 5/2/1942 with “My life with Caroline”.

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