East 70 Drive-In

12600 E. Colfax Avenue,
Aurora, CO 80011

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Kurent on June 12, 2004 at 12:47 am

I worked at the North Star drive-in in the late 70s which along with the Wadsworth were two others in the Compass chain. I think the North Star had a capacity of about 1700 cars and the Wadsworth had a curved reflective screen and an indoor seating area (although it wasn’t used for years before the theatre was closed). The NS was torn down to make room for a very large electronics store and there is a Sams Club and Home Depot where the Wadsworth used to be. The Monaco was an airport parking lot until Denver moved the airport and now has new industrial buildings on the site. The North is now a city park.
Compass Drive-Ins were part of Wolfberg Theatres, Denver. I think they sold out to Commonwealth theatres in the late 70s or early 80s. I would like to hear of any info of how the company started and what became of it.