Parkaire Drive-In

1400 University Drive,
Fort Worth, TX 76107

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Parkaire Drive-In

The Parkaire Drive-In had a huge free standing marquee and sign that was brighty lighted with neon tubing and numerous bulbs. It was opened March 15, 1951 with Abbott & Costello “In the Foreign Legion”. It was listed with a capacity for 535 cars and was operated by the Parkaire Drive-In Theatre Corp. By 1952 it was operated by L.C. Tidball (the address given in Theatre Catalog was 2403 N. Main Street, which is the address for the New Isis Theatre - possibly same owner). It was closed in 1976. It was levelled long ago and is now pretty much forgotten.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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rivest266 on June 24, 2018 at 12:56 pm

This opened on March 15th, 1951. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on June 26, 2018 at 3:05 am

and closed in 1976.

MichaelKilgore on November 6, 2019 at 6:36 am

This is the first I’ve heard of this brand of shenanigans. Did this really happen elsewhere, or was it a Fort Worth thing?

Billboard, March 6, 1954: “A new menace has come to plague Texas drive-in operators. Its still the teen-agers who before made off with speakers. Now, according to Earl Powell, manager of Parkaire Drive-In, Fort Worth, the vogue is for youngsters to form a motorcade of about 20 cars and make a lightning-like charge on the drive-in. Just after the last show starts and theater personnel have left their posts, the motorcade pounces down on the drive-in and to speed around the theater, driving bumper-to-bumper, and spraying gravel into the windshields of cars viewing the film while keeping their horns blowing.”

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