Drive-In Site, Midland, TX.
Chad Hauris, 12/19/04, Updated 8/2/05
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our quest for drive-in information and a possible site for a new
drive-in, we have been doing a lot of research recently.
(Update: 8/2/05: At this time we did not know of the plans for the new
Big Sky Drive-In).
found a website
put together by Jim Pierce that shows drive-in sites in Texas
based on topographical maps and aerial photos. There were 4
drive-in sites in Midland: The Texan, at Hwy. 80 and loop 250;
the Chief, on Andrews Hwy. between Midland and Golf Course
streets; the Fiesta, near Midland Air Park, and another one that
was on south Rankin Hwy. Based on research of theatres at Cinematour.com
drive-in was called the El Rancho. This was confirmed by personal
interviews with long-time Midland residents. According to most
people’s recollections, the El Rancho closed sometime in the
thought we had seen something that looked like a drive-in screen
framework out this way, so we decided to drive out for a closer
is a picture of the screen framework: You can still see a bit of
cross-bracing material for the screen over on the leftmost pole.
I am standing in front of the screen tower. I am holding a
drive-in speaker transformer we found at the site.
At the rear of the
site we found the
remains of the concession/projection building. This front area
appears to have been the concession stand. The site in 2004
appears to have been demolished, but there is a lot left that you
can make out what it was.
Another view of the foundation.
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