Kelly Drive-In

1325 Frio City Road,
San Antonio, TX 78226

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Kelly Drive-In

The Kelly Drive-In opened on July 23, 1949 with Dana Andrews in Canyon Passage". It was operated by E.L. Pack & Lone Star Theatres. It was closed in 1978 and became a flea market for some time and then a junk yard which it remains today. The screen was still standing until the mid-2010’s.

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lyssa751 on March 16, 2005 at 1:52 pm

The restroom and projection area also remain on this lot, along with the screen. The projection equiptment that was still in the projection area was recently sold by the owner.

bobwashere on January 23, 2007 at 10:30 am

The actuall addres is 1325 FRIO CITY RD. I use to live on West Kirk and the Drive-In was my backyard. Free Spanish Movies.

driveinfan on May 25, 2017 at 7:24 am

Does anyone know when the screen tower was taken down?

TomMc11 on March 20, 2018 at 11:11 am

If you do Google Maps street view and go down Carolyn street just to the west of the drive in, it appears the base metal from the screen tower is still there as of March 2016, but the screen is gone.

davidcoppock on March 21, 2018 at 6:11 am

Why the name Kelly? Who bought the projection equipment and for how much was it sold?

MichaelKilgore on November 16, 2019 at 9:00 pm

Billboard, Oct. 23, 1954: “Sale of two drive-in theaters in San Antonio for $275,000 has been reported by Thurman Barrett Jr., owner-operator. Buyer is Lone Star Theaters, Inc., Dallas, owned by Pack-Murchison interests. The theaters are the Lackland and the Kelly.”

rivest266 on January 12, 2020 at 9:01 am

The Kelly Drive-In opened with “Canyon Passage” on July 23rd, 1949. Grand opening ad posted.

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