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Unread 07-21-2009, 04:18 PM
 
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Default Is the De Anza Drive in still open?!!

I had just found out that Tucson still has a drive-in movie and after nearly peeing my pants from excitement, read somewhere that it may be closing! Does anyone know if it's still up and operating? I haven't been to the drive in since I was a kid and would love to go!
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Unread 07-21-2009, 04:21 PM
 
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It is still up and running.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 04:25 PM
 
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De Anza Drive-In - Tucson Showtimes and Tickets

I remember watching Jurassic Park there, in the rain. Quite the experience.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Baja Arizona
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I had just found out that Tucson still has a drive-in movie and after nearly peeing my pants from excitement, read somewhere that it may be closing! Does anyone know if it's still up and operating? I haven't been to the drive in since I was a kid and would love to go!
The De Anza is still alive and kickin'. It used to be the Cactus Drive-In Theatre before that! It has all of the latest and greatest movies, no less... and, you'll be guaranteed to have an excellent evening under the stars!

Its Tucson's very last Drive-In... a trip back into nostalgia... to an earlier, more innocent time... when there were no computers or cell phones to distract us... so, you best take advantage while you still can!

You go on over there, now, y'hear?
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Unread 07-21-2009, 04:49 PM
 
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Tucson Drive-In Theaters
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Unread 07-21-2009, 05:04 PM
 
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The new partners borrowed $15,000 and plunked it down on 10 acres of "brush, greasewood and rattlesnakes" at the corner of 22nd Street and Alvernon Way,
Five months later, March 13, the Cactus Drive-In opened for business. "We built it mainly with workers from Davis-Monthan," says Downs. "They'd come in after their shifts at the base and work till 10 or 11 at night."
"Arizona" was their first movie. Sixty cents admission, free to kids. It came on a double bill, along with cartoons, world news, previews and intermission. Cokes were a dime 15 cents for popcorn.
Editors Note: The correct opening date for the Cactus Drive-In was actually March 24, 1951, not 1949 as the article states. Also, the movies were "The Gal Who Took the West" and "Feudin', Fussin' and Fighting". See the Grand Opening Advertisement.
First movie at the Cactus Drive-In or not, Arizona was the picture that they built Old Tucson for!
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Unread 07-21-2009, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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You see that ad?
Cactus Drive-In Theater

They will park your car, fix your flat, wash your windshield, warm you baby's bottle and a whole lot more!
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Unread 07-21-2009, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Baja Arizona
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You see that ad?
Cactus Drive-In Theater

They will park your car, fix your flat, wash your windshield, warm you baby's bottle and a whole lot more!
Yeah... they used to be better than the TEXACO service stations!
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Unread 07-21-2009, 09:53 PM
 
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Hooray! I'll be in Tucson in 2 weeks and I am so there....gotta support the drive in. It's really a shame that there are so few of them left in the U.S. because it's such an experience.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 10:25 PM
 
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Hooray! I'll be in Tucson in 2 weeks and I am so there....gotta support the drive in. It's really a shame that there are so few of them left in the U.S. because it's such an experience.
Yes! Support your local... in this case, ONLY... drive-in theatre left in Tucson! It will be greatly appreciated by all of us shameless nostalgia freaks!
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