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Phoenix Drive-In Theatre

Photo from the Ron Heberlee collection
3600 E Van Buren St
Phoenix AZ

Demolished Outdoor Theatre
Record #13369  
 Opened: 1940
 Closed: 1983
 Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 612 cars
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
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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Last featured 1/16/2005. Last edited 12/8/2009.

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