Panola Drive-In

Highway 149 and 208,
Carthage, TX 75633

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Panola Drive-In

From Peter Fonda’s bio "Don’t Tell Dad" traveling back to Texas for some pick-up shots for "Easy Rider" Peter wrote,"On the far side of town we passed the huge Panola Drive-In with a marquee that featured a triple-header of biker films: "Glory Stompers" {Dennis Hopper’s film},"Hells Angels On Wheels" {Jack’s} and the main show "The Wild Angels" our laughter at such a coincidence was slightly hysterical."

The Panola Drive-In parked 408 cars and was owned by Nelson Honey. Being able to pass on priceless stories like that to other members is a great joy.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm

This was the only Drive-in I could find in Carthage,so it had to be this one that Peter Fonda was writing about.

TLSLOEWS on September 11, 2010 at 2:31 am

Jack N.Is the man.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 11, 2010 at 10:36 am

I thought it was wild when i read the bio and somehow remembered the story the other night,Grabbed the book and put Fonda’s Quote in.Hope one day to find the Drive-in that was in “MIDNIGHT COWBOY”.

Nunzienick on September 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Mike, Here’s the drive-in that was featured in “Midnight Cowboy.” It’s located in Big Springs, Texas: /theaters/16626/

Thanx for the Fonda drive-in trivia. Now THAT’s a coincidence!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 13, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Yes,I saw it.It pays to read non-fiction and not Fiction.Right Nick. Did you see that Kevin McCartey Passed away.He was great in “INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS”. Saw it in the paper.

NYozoner on January 10, 2015 at 3:34 am

Found the drive-in 1.75 miles west of Carthage.

Texas 149 at Co Rd 208
Carthage, TX 75633

It was at the southeast corner of the intersection, and is easily visible in aerial photos from 1954.

MichaelKilgore on November 6, 2019 at 10:12 am

Billboard, April 10, 1954: “The Smith Drive-In Theater has been opened at Carthage. Tex., by Seth and Wilton Smith. co-owners.”

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