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Gemini Drive-In, Dallas, Texas (Demolished)

The Gemini Drive-in was located at the northeast corner of the Forest Lane/Central Expressway intersection in Dallas. It was demolished in the late 1980s. If I remember correctly it was in 1988. It was originally a twin theatre hence the name Gemini but a 3rd screen was added later on the far north end of the theater.

These amazing photos are slides Steve Dirkx shot after the theater was closed. Steve took these before the theater became badly vandalized. The concession building eventually burned (was set on fire by jerks) just before it was finally demolished; a very similar fate that the poor Astro Drive-In would suffer years later. A very huge thanks to Steve for these photos which are most likely the finest remaining photos of the Gemini Drive-In!
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Looking east across Central Expressway.
Looking east across Central Expressway.
The south main screen is on the right and the north
main screen is just out of the photo to the left.
If you look closely you can see the second ticket
booth for the smaller north screen just to the left
of the left red entrance pylon. The light pole kind of cuts
through the ticket booth in the photo.
The Gemini sign near the Forest/Central intersection.
The Gemini sign near the Forest/Central intersection.
That's the south screen at the bottom of the photo
behind the sign support.
The other large Gemini sign can be seen in the
photo to the left of this photo.
Main Entrance/Ticket Booths.
Main Entrance/Ticket Booths.
Entrance with giant red pylons covered in neon tubes.
Entrance with giant red pylons covered in neon tubes.
Criss cross tubes on front and sides were light blue.
Looking north along the front ticket booth entry.
Looking north along the front ticket booth entry.
Looking back towards the north screen entrance.
Looking back towards the north screen entrance.
The concession building still in very good condition.
The concession building still in very good condition.
Cheese-hole entry drive lights.
Cheese-hole entry drive lights.
I had forgotten that they were ROUND!
I have no idea why I didn't think to save any of these
before the place was bulldozed.
North side of concession building.
North side of concession building.
Main north screen
Main north screen as seen from the drive
that leads to the added third far-north screen.
South main screen
South main screen as seen from concession building.
Looking towards the north screen
Looking towards the main north screen
from the concession building.


All That Remains Of The Gemini?

Neon on garage ceiling Neon on garage ceiling

Thirty years after the Gemini Drive-in was demolished these two neon sculptures made entirely of tubes from the Gemini theatre adorn the ceiling in my garage in 2018. The tubes were removed from the main ticket booth entry the day before the gemini was bulldozed and I kept them in storage for over 20 years before I thought of putting them up like this almost 10 years ago. I guess this is all that's left of the place other than a few of the speakers.



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