Phoenix Drive-In Theatre
Photo from the Ron Heberlee collection
3600 E Van Buren St|
|Record #13369 |
Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 612 cars|
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: |
| Previously operated by: Nace Theatres|
Information for this tour was contributed by Ron Heberlee.
The Phoenix Drive-In opened in 1940 as simply the Drive-In Theatre, and closed in 1983. There were 612 spaces and no snack bar. I think the building on the right is part of the Theater Motel. Speakers were blasting from the screen, there were no in-car speakers yet. In 1946 they tried in ground speaker under a grate beneath the cars. In the 50's they added Phoenix to the name because more Drive ins were built in the area: Cinema Park, Norhtern, Indian, Silver Dollar, Acres, Big Sky, Nu-View, Rodeo, Oasis, Pioneer, Roun Up. They are all gone now.
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