Waco Drive-In

4100 Interstate 35 Frontage Road,
Waco, TX 76706

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Architects: Morris L. Levy

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Waco Drive-In

The Waco Drive-In was opened in 1946. By 1955 it was operated by Lone Star Theatres. It was later managed by Oscar Cranford. I found this information from the 1965 Waco city directory. It was still open in 1973.

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jwmovies on December 30, 2012 at 1:09 am

Above is WAY, WAY OFF! Approx. address for this drive-in was 4100 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road.

Originally Blue Star Highway, a couple of ramps north of South New Rd. are still visible.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on December 30, 2012 at 7:52 am

Chuck1231 and jwmovies…looking at both TOPO maps from both locations. There was DI’s at both locations and they are not too far apart. So I’m thinking the address is right on the header since Chuck has seen movie ads with the address on it. So what was the name of the other DI that jwmovies has found?

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on December 30, 2012 at 8:22 am

Chuck1231…Look at this movie ad I just posted from the Circle DI. Maybe jwmovies is right?

driveinnut on September 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm

The Waco News Tribune shows the address as 4100 La Salle Ave. The theatre opened in 1947 about the same time as the Circle Drive In on 2112 La Salle Ave.

NYozoner on January 8, 2015 at 10:52 pm

4100 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd
Waco, TX 76706

The above address will map accurately to the location of the Waco Drive-In. The address in the header is for the Circle Drive-In, which was roughly 1.5 miles further north.

DennisTynes on May 16, 2015 at 10:18 pm

New road was a dead end street after you passed underneath I-35. the entrance to the Waco drive in was a private road that started at this dead end. The front of the screen faced I-35-I worked there as a kid in the concession stand and changed the movies on the front marque every week. My wife worked the ticket office-we had a lot of fun times at this theater around the late 60’s. The same people owned the Circle Drive in and I worked there occasionally. The Waco was a dollar a carload-the Circle was a newer, fancier drive in and charged per person.

50sSNIPES on April 29, 2020 at 7:52 am

Still In Operation Since 1973.

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