King Drive-In

1506 S. Interstate 35,
San Marcos, TX 78666

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Architects: Gordon M. Smith

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Located on Highway 81, the King Drive-In was opened in 1949 and was operated by G.J. Ebeler. From 1952 it was operated by F.W. Zimmerman. It had closed by 1960 when it was converted into a go-kart track. It had been demolished by 1973.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Kenmore on April 28, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Found it. The drive-in was located at what is now 1506 S Interstate 35. It appears to have been demolished some time before 1973. Today, a housing edition sits on the property with no trace of the drive-in left.

MichaelKilgore on August 13, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Sounds like the King was long gone by this note in the May 9, 1960 issue of Boxoffice: “Dan McCarthy gave a glowing account to B&H Mfrs. Associates on the trampoline and Go-Kary center he has opened on the former King Drive-In Theatre site at San Marcos. He has called the center Bounceville.”

kennerado on November 17, 2019 at 2:14 am

The 1973 aerial still shows the ramps, I’m guessing they just used them for the go-kart track. Traces of the ramps could be seen up to 1995.

MichaelKilgore on April 17, 2020 at 2:09 pm

Billboard, July 5, 1952: “Jerry Ebeirer has sold his King Drive-In, San Marcos, Tex., to Frank W. Zimmerman who operates all the other theaters in that town.”

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