Chief Drive-In

1836 N. Main Street,
Cleburne, TX 76033

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Previously operated by: Video Independent Theaters Inc.

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Chief Drive-In

Open as early as 1949, the Chief Drive-In theatre presented double features during warm summer months. In 1955 it was operated by Video Independent Theatres. It was still open in 1973.

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seymourcox on September 16, 2007 at 12:59 pm

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Mike Rogers on March 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm

And it was owned in 1956 by Video Circuit.

kencmcintyre on April 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm

The Chief is demolished, according to Here is a small photo:

NYozoner on December 25, 2010 at 1:07 am

The Chief was located just to the north of town, on the east side of N. Main Street, at the intersection of Vantage Drive. The back rows of the drive-in and overall footprint are still clearly visible using Google Earth, although some kind of long rectangular building is on top of the front section of the drive-in.

jwmovies on September 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2005 North Main Street. Days Inn sits on part of the theatre. Vantage Dr. runs through the property.

driveinnut on July 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm

According to the 1973 city directory of Cleburne, the address was 1824 N Main. The Chief was still open at that time.

driveinnut on July 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Does anyone have any information about the Sonic Drive In? It was located at 606 N Main. It was listed in the 1973 Cleburne city directory.

CleburneEsquireChief on January 23, 2014 at 10:16 am

I remember this drive-in from the late 70s/early 80s. I saw Smokey and the Bandit there and later on watched a double feature of Excalibur and Clash of the Titans.

CleburneEsquireChief on January 23, 2014 at 10:17 am

Sonic Drive-In is still at 606 N Main.

kennerado on November 14, 2019 at 4:25 am

The long rectangular building is the American Inn and there’s a Mexican restaurant next to it on the lot.

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