Yellow Jacket Drive-In

884 TX-115,
Kermit, TX 79745

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Previous Names: Tower Drive-In

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Yellow Jacket Drive-In

The Tower Drive-In in Kermit, TX was opened in 1949. By 1952 when it was operated by J.L. Slaughter. In 1953 it was taken over by new operators and renamed Yellow Jacket Drive-In. It had closed by 1996 and only the ramps and the foundation of the projectors booth remain the actual projectors booth and all the speaker poles were removed in the 2010’s.

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Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

driveinfan on December 3, 2018 at 10:23 am

The drive in was named for the High School mascot.

dansdriveintheater on December 3, 2018 at 12:08 pm

where did you hear that drive-inf fan. just curious i want proof! because if you lived in the area when the drive-in existed and the drive-in owners or school staff told you so then i’d believe you but if you didn’t grow up in the area i want proof!

driveinfan on December 4, 2018 at 8:31 am

dansdriveintheater….I have been doing research on the Texas drive ins for years. Plus I work with a gentleman who is from Kermit, Texas. There is your proof.

dansdriveintheater on March 3, 2019 at 11:54 pm

know i’m late but thanks!

davidcoppock on March 4, 2019 at 12:35 am

Did the high school mascot wear a yellow jacket?

MichaelKilgore on October 30, 2019 at 5:26 pm

Probably the origin story, from the Aug. 16, 1952 issue of Billboard:

Frank Love Jr., manager of the Kermit Theaters, Kermit, Tex., announces that construction will start there soon on a 500-car capacity drive-in.

driveinfan on March 17, 2020 at 8:15 am

In early 2019 a RV Park was opened up on the old drive in property and the concession building was torn down.

MichaelKilgore on April 15, 2020 at 4:50 pm

Billboard, May 16, 1953: “Paul W. Gay has taken over management of the Oasis, Kermit, Lariat and Tower Drive-In theaters in Kermit, Tex. … He replaces Frank Love Jr., who is retiring.”

dallasmovietheaters on July 1, 2022 at 1:16 pm

The Tower Drive-In Theatre launched in 1949. Sold in 1953, it would become the Yellow Jacket.

Dddawn on March 8, 2023 at 10:01 pm

My grandfather was Bill b Smith and I grew up in this theater and high school’s mascot was a yellow jacket in fact there was one painted on the tower and that was my first job starting at 8 years old I would count the heads in the car tell my grandmother and she would tell me how much money to ask for me and my brother would get a wheelbarrow and get the letters to put on the Marquee of what was the next movie to be showing and then when I turn 12 I started working at a concession stand and right before they sold it which was a devastating day for me I was learning how to run the projector and what the cigarette burn was all about

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