Longhorn Drive-In

2980 US Highway-82 W,
New Boston, TX 75570

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Longhorn Drive-In

The Longhorn advertised in the 1976 New Boston High School yearbook, noting that it was on “Hwy. 8 North of IH 30”. The drive-in also said it was owned and operated “by the Scotts.” Its sign showed a bull facing traffic.

CinemaTour.com included the Longhorn Drive-In Theater, “Highway 82 W,” under New Boston.

As part of a 2006 column in the Baxter Bulletin (Mountain Home AR), Sonny Garrett reminisced about the drive-ins of his youth. “I remember the 67 Drive-In at Texarkana (on the Arkansas side), the Longhorn Drive-In at New Boston down the road from DeKalb and, from my college days, the Trail Drive-In at Greenville, Texas.”

This drive-in apparently was never included in the Motion Picture Almanac.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore

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Kenmore on April 9, 2024 at 2:12 pm

CinemaTour.com may be confusing the Longhorn with the Starlite Drive-In, which was on US HWY-82 West.

As with 50sSnipes, I see no evidence of a drive-in on TX-8, north of HWY 30 in the 1970 or 1984 aerials.

If I had to guess, the 1984 aerial shows the Tex Inn on TX-8, just north of HWY 30 on the east side. The parking area looks mighty big given the size of the hotel. But that is just a guess.

50sSNIPES on April 9, 2024 at 4:27 pm

That’s what I was thinking too. Judging by the photo of its unique marquee, it may’ve been a short-lived drive-in.

  • Speaking of drive-ins Kenmore, I need you along with MichaelKilgore to identify the name of the drive-in theater in Texarkana (TX) that was right next to the Oaklawn Cinema on New Boston Road. I recently spotted it while adding the BrightStar Theaters to the list, and I found it from several topos. I cannot find the name of it anywhere, even CinemaTour does not have the drive-in listed.
MichaelKilgore on April 10, 2024 at 7:06 pm

I’ve moved my remarks and notes to the new “Red River Drive-In” page here. Since I noticed a second drive-in on the Texas side in the 1960 topo map, my guess is that 7th Street drive-in was named Red River, leaving the New Boston Road drive-in’s name still unknown to me. Maybe it was the Joy, explaining this weird note:

Boxoffice, June 3, 1963: “Joy’s Theatres closed the Joy Drive-In, Texarkana, and reopened the Red River Drive-In, rechristened the Joy”

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