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Celebrate National Drive-In Movie Day With a Glimpse at Past Shreveport-Bossier Theaters

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Today is National Drive-In Movie Day. It was on this day in 1933 that the first drive-in theater was opened in Camden, New Jersey. But Shreveport-Bossier has a pretty storied past when it comes to the iconic destination.Ask anybody to name a drive-in movie theater in the Shreveport-Bossier area and you’re bound to have someone remember the Joy Drive-In Theater in Minden. The popular haunt opened around 1951. In 1955, Elvis Presley even performed at the Joy Drive-In. Not many other drive-in movie theaters can hold that claim. Sadly, the theater closed in 1975.

There were a few other drive-in theaters around Shreveport-Bossier. There was the Don Drive-In Theater on Texas Street in Bossier City. That theater was unfortunately hit by a tornado in 1978 and destroyed.

Some of the other defunct drive-in theaters in the Shreveport-Bossier area were King’s , Leo , Shreveport, Showtown Twin , Barksdale, West End, Sunset, and Tigar.

If you want to celebrate National Drive-In Movie Day by catching an actual movie at a drive-in theater, you’ll have to take a little jaunt to Tyler, Texas. The Skyvue Drive-In Movie Theater has been in operation since 2007 and is currently playing Men in Black 3 and Battleship.

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