How many of you loved going to the drive-in theater when you were growing up? Well, did you know there are still drive-in theaters in Colorado?
First a little history – The first drive-in theater opened in New Jersey on June 6 1933. It offered 400 slots and a 40 by 50 ft. screen. This is how it was advertised, “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.”
The first film shown was “Wife Beware”! The theater only operated three years, but it was long enough for the concept to catch on in other states.
The drive-in’s peak popularity came in the late 1950s and early 1960s, particularly in rural areas, with some 4,000 drive-ins spread across the United States
It’s time to visit one of these historic drive-in theaters in Colorado:
1.) 88 Drive-In Theater (Commerce City) – This 88th Avenue institution has been in the Denver area since 1972.
2.) Holiday Twin Drive-In (Fort Collins) – This mountainside drive-in has been the “place to be” for over 30 years.
3.) Mesa Drive-In (Pueblo) – The Mesa has been lighting up the darkness of night with their large screens and projectors since 1951.
4.) Star Drive-In Theater (Monte Vista) – This theater is the only drive-in of its kind that is attached to a motel — how unique is that?
5.) Comanche Drive-In Theater (Buena Vista) – Closed briefly in 2008, the drive-in is once again open and showing both classics and new releases.
6.) Tru-Vu Drive-In (Delta) – Snacks, flicks, and family fun await you at this gem on the Western Slope.
Share the experience of drive-in theaters in Colorado with your family and friends!