Kelly Drive-In

1325 Frio City Road,
San Antonio, TX 78226

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Kenmore on May 4, 2023 at 2:48 am

The screen is present in a January 2008 Google Street View, but gone by April 2011.

The metal base that supported the screen is still present in a January 2022 Google Street View.

Jim on May 4, 2023 at 2:14 am

Above, davidcoppock asked why the drive-in was called the Kelly. It came from nearby Kelly Air Force Base (now just Kelly Field), west of the theater.

In 1955, my late father was manager for a short while. His hiring prompted our relocation from Kokomo, Indiana, where he’d run old the North Drive-In Theater. By the end of the year, we packed up and moved again when he was hired to manage the Surf and the Twin Palms Drive-In theaters in Corpus Christi, Texas.

I was nine years old at the time and my only recollection is listening to my dad’s voice on the theater’s speakers. He would tape pre-show messages, promoting upcoming events at the theater, mixed with songs referenced the approach of evening, like “Red Sails in the Sunset” by Nat King Cole.

rivest266 on January 13, 2020 at 4:01 am

The Kelly Drive-In opened with “Canyon Passage” on July 23rd, 1949. Grand opening ad posted.

MichaelKilgore on November 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Billboard, Oct. 23, 1954: “Sale of two drive-in theaters in San Antonio for $275,000 has been reported by Thurman Barrett Jr., owner-operator. Buyer is Lone Star Theaters, Inc., Dallas, owned by Pack-Murchison interests. The theaters are the Lackland and the Kelly.”

davidcoppock on March 22, 2018 at 12:11 am

Why the name Kelly? Who bought the projection equipment and for how much was it sold?

TomMc11 on March 21, 2018 at 5:11 am

If you do Google Maps street view and go down Carolyn street just to the west of the drive in, it appears the base metal from the screen tower is still there as of March 2016, but the screen is gone.

driveinfan on May 26, 2017 at 12:24 am

Does anyone know when the screen tower was taken down?

bobwashere on January 24, 2007 at 5:30 am

The actuall addres is 1325 FRIO CITY RD. I use to live on West Kirk and the Drive-In was my backyard. Free Spanish Movies.

lyssa751 on March 17, 2005 at 8:52 am

The restroom and projection area also remain on this lot, along with the screen. The projection equiptment that was still in the projection area was recently sold by the owner.