Loop Drive-In

2802 N. 3rd Street,
Temple, TX 76501

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Loop Drive-In

Opened prior to 1948, the Loop Drive-In was located north of Temple at the junction of Business Route 35 and I-35. It was built by the Skelton brothers; Bowmer Skelton, future Federal Judge Byron Skelton and Bill Skelton. It had a capacity for 412 cars and there were 200 seats for walk-in patrons.

Bill Skelton painted the picture on the rear of the screen tower. He painted it on the ground using 4x8 sheeting and then supervised its installation. After it was installed, he rode a cherry picker to touch up the picture. The screen tower was 60 feet tall.

The Skelton brothers opened Temple’s second drive-in, the TemBel Drive-In in 1948.

Contributed by George Skelton

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CSWalczak on August 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Images from this this theater’s gallery page at Drive-ins.com can be seen here: View link

kununu on May 16, 2016 at 8:32 am

Does anyone remember the drive in theater that was located near 31st and Canyon Creek Drive? I remember one being there around 1978.

Kenmore on May 16, 2016 at 5:17 pm

Based on the poster, the approximate address (at least to Google) is 2802 N 3rd St, Temple, TX. The drive-in occupied the “loop” area where HWY 81 meets North 3rd Street.

The drive-in itself appears to have been closed and torn down by the late 1950s. A 1964 aerial photo shows a faint outline of the drive-in and what appears to be the foundation of the projector booth/concession stand. http://tinyurl.com/zos3ojf

Kenmore on May 16, 2016 at 5:19 pm

The poster featuring “Honky Tonk Burlesque” and “Love Moods” is pretty interesting as both films were released in 1952, demonstrated that “adult only” entertainment started at the drive-in long before the late 1960s.

driveinfan on July 14, 2016 at 1:29 pm

At kununu, the drive in you are inquiring about is the Showtime drive in.

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Drive-In 54 on May 20, 2017 at 5:48 am

The address needs to be changed to: 2802 N 3rd St, Temple, TX

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