Rig Drive-In

2204 U.S. Highway 62,
Brownfield, TX 79316

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Rig Drive-In

Located to the north of town on U.S. Highway 62 going toward Lubbock, TX. The Rig Drive-In was opened in 1950 by the Jones Theatres circuit. By 1953 it was operated by Mrs. W.T. Howzie and Regal Theatres. It was closed later in 1953.

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Kenmore on October 21, 2018 at 7:32 pm

A closer address is 2204 U.S. 82, Brownfield, TX. The drive-in was located on the north side of the property.

Today, the property has a business or two on it, but it is mostly an open field on the north side of an auto salvage yard. There is no trace of the drive-in remaining.


Kenmore on October 21, 2018 at 11:16 pm

The address that Drive-In 54 cites is too far north.

In estimating the location of the drive-in, I used the only constants from the 1954 aerial up to today, which is the position of US 82 and County Road 2066. From that, the address is as I described on the north side of 2204 U.S. 82, Brownfield, TX.

That address is the business address of Rautbort Irrigation Equipment & Supplies which occupies the southern edge of the property the drive-in was located. It’s also clear that from the sheer number of rotting vehicles that it’s an auto salvage yard as well.

While no trace of the drive-in remains, it is an open field with lots of clutter, although it does retain the basic outline.

Whatever the administrator wants to use as a location is fine with me. I’m only pointing out that the address I gave does take up at least a little of where the drive-in once stood.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on October 21, 2018 at 11:34 pm

You might be right!! LOL

MichaelKilgore on April 18, 2020 at 11:06 am

Billboard, July 19, 1952: “Mrs. Ethel Jones Howze and son, Sammy Jones, held open house at their Rustic Drive-In Theater at Brownfield, Tex., celebrating 30 years of theater operation in the city. … The Rig Drive-In will be opened soon there, according to Mrs. Howze.”

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