3250 S. Henderson Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Jefferson Amusements Company, Paramount Pictures Inc.
The Kilgore Drive-In was located south of town on Highway 259. It was opened on August 12, 1950 with Doris Day in “It’s a Great Feeling”. It was operated by Liggett N. Crim & East Texas Theatres Inc. By 1952 it was operated by by Julius M. Gordon of Jefferson Amusement Co. an affiliate of United Paramount Theatres. The Kilgore Drive-In was closed in 1975.
Everything has been demolished except for the marquee which has been restored. The empty lot went back to nature, but in recent years two schools have been built on the site.
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Some photos of the marquee are at View link
impressive Marquee.i have it being owned by Jefferson Amusements in 1956.
The Kilgore ISD has recently purchased this tract of land on which to build schools. It is their intent to update and incorporate the marquee into modern use.
Approx. address for this drive-in was 3250 South Henderson Boulevard.
It appears from the latest Google maps that the marquee has been saved and updated.
The Kilgore held its grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 12, 1950, based on extensive coverage in the Kilgore News Herald. The opening program was “It’s a Great Feeling” with Doris Day, plus a color cartoon and a fireworks display between showings. “After the fireworks show, (owner) Liggett was host to a number of press, radio and theater folks at a chicken barbecue at the Crim residence.”
Wow, that is a very big and tall marquee!! How did they the letters and numbers on and off that tall marquee? Are those big square holes on the tall post part of the marquee, windows?
Is there a photo of the restored marquee?
Newspaper article Kilgore Drive In opening Fri, Aug 11, 1950 – 9 · The Kilgore News Herald (Kilgore, Texas) · Newspapers.com
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Grand opening ad Kilgore Drive-In Fri, Aug 11, 1950 – 5 · The Kilgore News Herald (Kilgore, Texas) · Newspapers.com