South Park Drive-In

Beaumont, TX

Opened: 1950

The South Park Drive-In was just south of Beaumont, TX, near Lamar University. I lived in Beaumont for a few months in 1981/1982 and, needing to burn a roll of black-and-white film, drove around shooting random photos. Drive-ins had long passed their heydey and this theatre had, obviously, been closed for some time. Beaumont artist Randy Welborn's Moments to Remember series includes a lovely painting of the theatre in happier days.

South Park Drive-In - South Park Drive-In
South Park Drive-In

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