Viking Twin Drive-In

5333 Ayers Street,
Corpus Christi, TX 78417

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Previously operated by: United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

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Viking Twin Drive-In

A two-screen drive-in which opened on August 11, 1957 with Marshall Thompson in “Lure of the Swamp” & Rhonda Fleming in “Queen of Babylon”. The Viking Twin Drive-In was closed on August 30, 1981 with Hal Holbrook in “The Creeper” (aka Rituals) & “The Devil”. Interestingly, Highway 286 was built through the middle of the drive-in’s lot in the mid-2000’s, but the rest of the lot remains vacant.

It should also be noted that the Viking Twin, Buccaneer, Gulf and Surf drive-ins all existed within a two-and-a-half mile stretch.

Contributed by Bobby P.

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Yakima1 on May 8, 2011 at 2:36 am

The Viking Twin Drive-in opened Aug 11, 1957 at 5333 Ayers St, Corpus Christi, TX 78415 by Johnny Blocker who also opened The Twin Palms and The Surf. It was the last drive-in to be constructed in Corpus Christi. It held 1400 cars, 700 on each screen, although the grand opening article said it had speakers for 2000 cars and additional seating for 500 patrons. It was also operated by Rowley United and United Artists over the years. It closed in 1981.

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TenPoundHammer on May 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Yakima, thanks for sharing all the stuff. I actually added all the Corpus DI’s just so you could do that.

Jim on October 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm

My dad managed the Viking Twin. Before that, the Surf and Twin Palms for John Blocker back in ‘55. When Mr. Blocker built the Viking, he offered dad a new gig—manager for this wonderful theater. Dad was big on Ballyhoo and would often stage “Drive In Theater Premieres”. He once brought Diane Ladd to the Viking for the opening of a Roger Corman biker film.

I was 8 years old when I got my first very innocent kiss, on the playground of the Viking. It was bestowed on me by the owner’s daughter, Vicki Blocker.

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Drive-In 54 on October 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Do you guys have any pictures to share?

Jim on October 19, 2013 at 11:47 am

Sorry ‘bout the late response, I don’t visit this site that often….but to answer Drive-In 1954, many of the photos we had from that era were lost in a fire. In addition, My mom and dad are both deceased, so that’s not a source.

bobgunner on July 11, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Jim, what was your father’s name? I worked there from 1970-73 in the Concession stand and weekends at Sap-O-Rama a swamp meet during the day at the theater.. The managers at that time were Mr. Farmer and Mr. Tovis.

bobgunner on July 11, 2014 at 6:45 pm

I have written a book about The Viking Twin, a coming of age story that will be published soon. My best friend and I worked there fin the concession stand from 1970-73. We attended South Park Jr. High and then Mary Carroll High. I really miss that theater, lots of wonderful memories…

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Drive-In 54 on July 11, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Have any pictures to share bobgunner?

rivest266 on November 27, 2020 at 1:42 pm

The Viking Drive-In opened as the largest drive-in in the South on August 11th,1957. Grand opening ad posted.

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dallasmovietheaters on December 25, 2022 at 12:18 pm

United Artists closed the Viking Drive-In on August 30, 1981 with “The Creeper” and “The Devil.” UA’s Bob Chapman said that he had unfortunately earned a “hat trick” for the destruction of the Viking in November of 1981 - the third drive-in facility he had overseen the razing of. The Viking screens were repurposed for an adult twin drive-in outside of the Corpus Christi area.

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