Lake Air Drive-In

5929 W. Waco Drive,
Waco, TX 76710

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Previously operated by: ABC Interstate Theatres

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Lake Air Drive-In

Opened on July 1, 1965. The July 26, 1965 issue of Boxoffice announced: “The new 785-car Lake Air Drive-In has been opened on U.S. Highway 84 and New Highway 6 by Lee Roy Mitchell with the showing of "Genghis Khan” starring Stephen Boyd & Omar Sharif. The $200,000 Lake Air Drive-In is the first theatre of any type built in Waco in more than a decade and the first new drive-in constructed here in 14 years.

A 1970 aerial photo showed the drive-in at the northern corner of the highway intersection. It was closed on December 8, 1974.

However, the Lake Air Drive-In’s first, belated appearance in the Motion Picture Almanac drive-in list was in the 1977 edition. Its owner was ABC Interstate, but that company’s MPA circuit list entry did not include the Lake Air Drive-In. By 1981, it had been replaced by the Richland Mall.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore

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MichaelKilgore on October 22, 2021 at 3:30 pm

Boxoffice, March 21, 1966: “WACO, TEX. - Interstate Theatres, through its Texas Consolidated division, has purchased the local Lake Air Drive-In from J. C. Mitchell of Waco, Leroy Mitchell of Ennis and Roy Nelson of Kaufman. Interstate assumed operation of the theatre in February.”

50sSNIPES on October 22, 2021 at 10:32 pm

Opened On July 1, 1965.

50sSNIPES on March 8, 2022 at 4:14 am

The Lake Air Drive-In closed its gates for the final time on December 8, 1974 in connection to the opening of the Cinema I & II.

rivest266 on June 17, 2023 at 12:58 am

Grand opening ad posted with aerial drawing.

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