South Side Drive-In

4800 I-35W,
Fort Worth, TX 76134

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Architects: Jack Corgan

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South Side Drive-In

The 780-car capacity South Side Drive-In opened September 24, 1949 with William Bendix in “Life of Riley”. It was located at the 4800 block of Highway 81 (now I-35W and Felix ). It featured a State of Texas mural on the screen tower, covered patio seating and a playground.

It closed in 1966 and was reopened September 18, 1968 only to close again sometime in the 1970’s. A K-Mart was built on the site (now a Carnival Food Store).

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kencmcintyre on September 10, 2007 at 4:43 pm

Operated by the Lutzer Brothers Circuit in the early sixties, along with the Co-Ed Drive-In in Denton TX and the Ship Drive-In in Durant, OK. Owners were David and Jacob Lutzer, headquartered in Dallas, TX. More specifically, the two Lutzer brothers owned the Texas drive-ins while Mrs. Jacob Lutzer owned the drive-in in Oklahoma. Perhaps she had a good divorce lawyer.

kencmcintyre on May 16, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Here are two photos circa 1950s currently for sale on eBay:

LarryFM on December 26, 2009 at 10:56 pm

According to the November 29, 1952 issue of BOXOFFICE magazine, J.H. “Jake” Lutzer, owner of the theatre, “reports that plans have been drawn to convert the Southside (sic) Drive-In at Fort Worth into a twin situation”, which was never realized. He passed away on August 10, 1965 (BOXOFFICE – August 23, 1965), in Dallas, and still owned the South Side Drive-In at the time of his death. His brother, David, passed away on June 20, 1969, at the age of 66 (BOXOFFICE – June 30, 1969).

The South Side Drive-In Theatre closed sometime in 1967. It was soon demolished and quickly cleared for the construction of the shopping complex that contained the K-Mart, a Kinney Shoes store, and the Cineworld 4 Theatre.

skyhuggs on April 26, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I didn’t remember that it closed in 1967 because I was going there in high school and graduated in 1969. My uncle was the manager at that time (Horace (Jr) Wilson. He just recently passed away. My boyfriend in the 60’s (accidentially) pulled off with a speaker still attached to the window and still have that speaker. It is a treasure to me. So many memories.

LarryFM on April 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Great story about your boyfriend, skyhuggs! I’ve sent you an e-mail about the South Side. Thank you, again.

jamestv on July 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

When this drive-in was closed and demolished, another Southside Drive-in was built on Old Hemphill Rd.—-which was later twinned.

rivest266 on June 24, 2018 at 2:18 pm

This opened on September 24th, 1949. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on June 25, 2018 at 2:47 pm

Closed in 1966 and reopened on September 18th, 1968. Another ad in the photo section.

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