Hillcrest Drive-In

2022 N. Broadway Street,
Ballinger, TX 76821

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The Hillcrest Drive-In was on north side of Ballinger which was on the opposite side of town from the Horseshoe Drive-In. It was opened prior to 1955 when it was operated by Scales & Scales. It seems to have been open until at least 1973. As recently as 2002 the original driveway and a couple of movie poster showcases remained visible.

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 26, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Hwy 83 and the highway to Bronte are not the same. The Hillcrest was on what is now highway 158.


Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 5, 2009 at 12:30 pm

IN 1956 it was owned by H&H Theatres and parked 300 cars.

jwmovies on October 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm

This was located at the west end of town. Approx. location for this drive-in was just west of North Broadway & Conda Avenue.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on November 26, 2015 at 12:44 pm

The correct address is: 2022 N Broadway St, Ballinger, TX 76821

Backseater on March 31, 2016 at 7:38 pm

I definitely remember seeing “Night of the Lepus” and “Elvis on Tour” at the Hillcrest. Both were released in 1972 and I was in Korea until mid-November 72, so it was December 72 at the earliest or more likely early 73. So the Hillcrest was open at least until then.

“Lepus” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069005/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 was a sci-fi horror movie about giant rabbits terrorizing the countryside, with Rory Calhoun, Stuart Whitman, DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy from Star Trek) and Janet Leigh (!) The only giant rabbit movie I’m aware of. Obviously an underappreciated genre.

MichaelKilgore on May 4, 2022 at 11:15 am

Boxoffice, Dec. 17, 1955: “J. W. Little has purchased the Hillcrest Drive-In from Jack Scales”

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