Fredericksburg Drive-In

3534 Fredericksburg Road,
San Antonio, TX 78201

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Previously operated by: Claude Ezell and Associates Inc., Stanley-Warner Theatres

Previous Names: Drive-In, Fredericksburg Road Drive-In

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Fredericksburg Drive-In

This was the first drive-in built in San Antonio and opened as the Drive-In on October 23, 1940 with Gene Raymond in “The Life of the Party”. By 1955 it had been renamed Fredericksburg Road Drive-In and was operated by Underwood & Ezell. When it opened the back of the screen faced the road and it had a large mural of an actress painted on it. Later a clown replaced the actress and then an abstract painting replaced the clown. The Fredericksburg Drive-In had a long life lasting until 1982.

The site is now a shopping center and an apartment complex. The old roadside marquee is now used to list the shops in the shopping center. It had a 552 car capacity.

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FlashBack1968 on August 23, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Mural of an actress on the screen tower of the Fredericksburg Drive-In Theatre, 3534 Fredericksburg Road, 1940s.

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Drive-In 54 on August 23, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Uploaded aerial from 1966. It looks like the curved cinema-scope screen was mounted in front of the flat screen.

FlashBack1968 on October 24, 2013 at 6:38 pm

An extra large aerial of the Drive-In shortly after it opened.

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davidcoppock on July 20, 2016 at 11:20 am

Does anyone know who the actress on the mural was?

davidcoppock on July 20, 2016 at 11:22 am

The shopping centre(springwood?) and the marquee sign are little to the right of the street view photo!

MichaelKilgore on November 17, 2019 at 5:19 pm

Billboard, Nov. 27, 1954: “Robo, the monstrous robot elephant owned by Ezell & Associates, is scheduled for a one-week stay at Fredericksburg Road Drive-In San Antonio. The elephant will make a tour of Texas, stopping at various cities where Ezell & Associates has drive-ins. Robo is 9 feet high, 12½ feet long, weighs 2,500 pounds and is powered by a four-cylinder, 10-horsepower motor.”

rivest266 on January 11, 2020 at 11:36 pm

The Drive-In theatre opened on October 23rd, 1940. Grand opening ad posted.

davidcoppock on January 12, 2020 at 6:53 am

Opened with “Gateways to Panama(March of time)” and “The life of the party”.

Ripshin on April 3, 2020 at 3:01 am

I would say that the actress was Janet Gaynor, who was huge in the late 20s, until she retired in 1939. She was the first winner of the Best Actress Oscar (for three simultaneous films between 27 – 28, awarded in 1929).

davidcoppock on April 3, 2020 at 10:56 am

The abstract art on the back of the screen was 3 squares interlocked.

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