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Edie Barry
Edie Barry commented about Bell Drive-In on Jan 14, 2018 at 7:50 am

While in business, the Rocket Drive-In wasn’t near a running track. That happened when a new school was built and when The Rocket was closing. When The Bell was open, it was next to a horse track though. The La Plata County Fairgrounds. And the building seen in the photo, is also a new high school which opened in 1977.

Edie Barry
Edie Barry commented about Kiva Theatre on Jan 14, 2018 at 7:07 am

Joe Vogel, the then new street entrance, was the Kiva Theatre’s old exit.

Milford Shields moved to Durango in 1928 to run the theater. He had previous experience as a projectionist. The photo says it was a Fox theater through the 1940s. It was in the 1950s that it became a Mann theater.

The Kiva Theatre means more to me than the average movie house. A person who worked there (he was responsible for the ceremonious “tearing of the ticket in half” job), found a certain customer VERY attractive. He got up the nerve to ask her out on a date. She accepted. She is my mom, and he is my dad.

Edie Barry
Edie Barry commented about Bell Drive-In on Jul 10, 2017 at 6:10 am

I’ve been told stories about the Bell Drive-In. People snacked from nearby apple trees and alcoholic drinks were served. Hot toddies were popular. I’m sad I missed it. 🍹🍸

Edie Barry
Edie Barry commented about Kiva Theatre on Jul 10, 2017 at 4:47 am

Joe Vogel, The entrance was on Main Ave, but a 1982 fire swept through most of the city block. While it didn’t burn to the ground, it was possible to still use the theatre but a new entrance had to be built on 8th Street.