Moon Lite Drive-In

1390 Gardner Drive,
Palestine, TX 75801

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Previous Names: North Palestine Drive-In

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Moon Lite Drive-In

The North Palestine Drive-In was open as early as April 1949. From June 2, 1950, following refurbishment, it was renamed the Moon Lite Drive-In, reopening with Randolph Scott in “Albuquerque”.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 1, 2011 at 9:02 am

Closed ~1982? Can anyone verify the exact date?

Need an address, more info and photos.

jwmovies on October 26, 2012 at 3:57 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 501 East Palestine Avenue.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on November 13, 2014 at 8:33 am

The 501 East Palestine Ave address is for the Dogwood Drive-In. The Moon Lite was on Frankston Highway.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on August 10, 2017 at 4:31 pm

The correct address is:

1390 Gardner Drive Palestine, TX 75801

Kenmore on May 11, 2020 at 10:52 am

If 1390 Gardner Drive is the correct address, then the drive-in closed long before 1982. A 1983 aerial shows the property with a decent-size business and a home with no trace of a drive-in remaining.

While it is certainly possible the area was completely transformed in less than a year, it’s far more likely that the drive-in closed several years before that.

davidcoppock on May 11, 2020 at 11:25 am

Opened on 2/6/1950 with “Albuquerque” and “Robin Hoodwinked”.

DavidAndrews on May 15, 2020 at 8:30 pm

The former location of the drive-in is now part of the Moonlite subdivision.

DavidAndrews on May 15, 2020 at 8:34 pm

July 4, 1954 the Moonlite was showing “The Wild One,”, starring Brando.

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