Winter Garden Drive-In

2313 US- 83,
Crystal City, TX 78839

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Winter Garden Drive-In

Andrew Majek owned and operated the Winter Garden which opened on April 19, 1950. Capacity was about 300 cars. The drive-in closed sometime in the 1980’s after the screen blew over in a storm.

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NYozoner on December 28, 2010 at 8:05 am

There is a “Winter Haven, Texas” about 5-6 mils north of Carrizo Springs, which is where this drive-in derives a part of its name from.

The Drive-in is located on the east side of US 83, about 5.25 miles north of Carrizo Springs.

Here is a 1971 aerial photo which shows the location of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS:

almajek on June 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

Actually, the name Winter Garden Drive-In was derived from the name for that particular region of Texas. It had no direct tie with the nearby town of Winter Haven.

Greatest Star Power: Elvis Presley, John Wayne, and Cantinflas. Oftentimes nothing but their names would be placed on the theater sign.

Biggest Loser Picture: Dr. Dolittle circa 1967. It certainly lived up to its name.

Biggest Winner Picture: Almost any first run Elvis movie.

What hurt the most: Television and Daylight Saving Time

Most interesting promotion: LUCKY, a derivative of BINGO. You could win a tub full of groceries (heavily biased with Flour), or maybe a kitten.

TomMc11 on April 2, 2018 at 9:50 am

Going by the above link and a scroll up US 83 the address for this former Ozoner is 2313 US-83, Crystal City, TX 78839, now the site of Garcia’s Used Cars & Parts.

driveinfan on April 4, 2018 at 7:22 am

Does anyone have pictures of the Winter Garden drive in?

dallasmovietheaters on September 4, 2020 at 9:47 am

Andrew Majek and H.J. Hartung, Jr., opened the Winter Garden Drive-In on April 19, 1950. The theatre’s moniker was derived from the city’s nickname as the"Winter Garden District" leading to its fame once known as the “Spinach Capital of the World.”

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