Lexington Drive-In

6210 S. Padre Island Drive,
Corpus Christi, TX 78412

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Previous Names: Bel Aire Drive-In, 62nd & Lexington Drive-In, Capri Drive-In

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Lexington Drive-In

The Lexington Drive-In was located on South Padre Island Drive, then known as Lexington. It opened on December 16, 1954 with Tony Curtis in “Houdini” & Wayne Morris in “The Desperado”. It also operated as the Capri Drive-In. It was closed on September 2, 1968 with Charlton Heston in “Planet of the Apes” & James Coburn in “Our Man Flint”. After a long period of vacancy, it is now the site of a Ford dealership.

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Yakima1 on May 8, 2011 at 7:23 am

Address: 6202 Lexington Ave (currently S.P.I.D.) | Capacity: 750 cars | Opened as Bel-Aire Drive-in: Wednesday Dec 15, 1954 | Opened as 62nd and Lexington: Sunday Oct 21, 1956 | Opened as Capri at 62nd & Lexington: Sunday Jul 23, 1961 | Opened as Lexington: Friday Jan 4, 1963 | Owner / Builder: Chester W Kyle, Fred Latham, Lewis Maples | Other operators: Mr.&Mrs. Herman Gould, Al-Ray Theaters, Crim-Hartgrove Theaters, Corpus Christi Theaters | Closed: Stopped advertising in paper August 1968 | Currently (2010): Champion Ford Mazda |

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Yakima1 on May 9, 2011 at 1:16 am


Our home movies of the aftermath of Hurricane Celia in 1970. At 4:23 one can briefly see the remnants of the marquee for The Lexington Drive-in. It was already closed by 1970, but was still standing…..until Hurricane Celia ripped the screen to shreds and sent the debris piece-by-piece towards our house which was 2 blocks away. Scary storm.

At 1:45 into the video one can briefly see the marquee for The Surf Drive-in on Ayers. Some clever person had put “Gone With The Wind” on the marquee.

TenPoundHammer on May 11, 2011 at 7:05 am

Wonder why it closed so early?

Yakima1 on May 25, 2011 at 2:59 am

Why did it close so early? I know it survived Hurricane Beulah in Sep 1967, and around that time Corpus Christi Theaters (United Artists) tried to permit the addition of a second screen. There was certianly room on the large property. It was very close to an Elementary School and a new Junior High was opening nearby at that same time. Maybe they saw the writing on the wall because they closed after August 1968. It sat unused until Hurricane Celia destroyed it in Aug 1970. Pieces of the screen came flying at our house (two blocks away) throughout the storm.

rivest266 on August 14, 2012 at 1:56 am

uploaded an 1956 aerial of this brand-new drive-in.

davidcoppock on November 28, 2020 at 3:59 am

Opened on 16/12/1954 with 2 cartoons(not named) and “Houdini” and “Desperado”.

50sSNIPES on November 29, 2020 at 8:13 pm

This Theater Had A Very High-Rate In Crime Level Throughout The 1950’s And The 1960’s Such As A Stolen Radio In May 1957, And A Stolen 1956 Unknown Vehicle In 1963 When It Was Named The “Capri” After A Guy Burglarized Both Concession Stand And Projection Booth.

The “Bel Aire” Became The “62nd And Lexington” In 1956, And It Became The “Capri” In 1962.

As On What I Reported Earlier, The Lexington Drive-In Closed In November 1968 Due To This Story Reported On The 18th By The Corpus Christi Caller-Times As Several Burglaries Destroyed The Entire Concession Stand Building And A Few Cash Registers, Causing An Estimated $1,500 In Damage.

I Checked 1969 To 1977 Stories On This Theater, The Theater Never Reopened Entirely.

Kenmore on September 23, 2021 at 4:27 am

You can still see the remnants of a few ramps behind the AutoNation dealership.

dallasmovietheaters on December 26, 2022 at 7:48 pm

Closed on Labor Day, September 2, 1968 with “Planet of the Apes” and “Our Man Flint.”

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