Circle 81 Drive-In

103 New Laredo Highway,
San Antonio, TX 78211

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Circle 81 Drive-In

Opened in 1960 and closed in the late-1960’s. Area where the drive-in once stood is now zoned light industrial. It had a very large double sided single panel marquee with a large vertical above with the Circle name on it. It had a 450 car capacity.

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lyssa751 on March 16, 2005 at 4:26 pm

This drive-in also included a playground area at the bottom of the screen. You can see these pictures at

aspenflower on August 16, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Our family used to load up in the “car (or truck) of the day” with the best hot hamburgers you ever tasted that came in white paper bags from a place across the street from the Circle 81. I remember seeing Cleopatra (Liz Taylor and Richard Burton) Some of my best childhood memories

kencmcintyre on January 21, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Here is a 1957 view of the marquee from

kencmcintyre on January 21, 2010 at 11:05 pm

This won’t map correctly as the street is New Laredo, not Loredo. The contemporary aerial view doesn’t show any part of the drive-in remaining.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Timeline from 1957 to 1967 must be right by 1956 Motion Picture Almanac has no such Drive-in listed,

TLSLOEWS on April 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Noice marquee shot posted by ken mc.

FlashBack1968 on August 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm

The Playground at the Circle 81 taken by Melissa A Martinez in the late 50s.

View photo here

davidcoppock on March 21, 2018 at 9:14 am

Why the name Circle 81?

MichaelKilgore on August 12, 2019 at 11:37 am

As with most “numbered” drive-ins, the Circle 81 was named for its adjacent highway, which was US 81 when it was built.

The March 28, 1960 issue of Boxoffice noted, “The Circle 81 Drive-In is now playing Spanish-language pictures six days a week.”

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