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This is one of my earliest memories of a drive in. One of the most memorable nights was seeing Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It was pouring rain but as it was opening night, no one wanted to leave. I think the last thing I ever saw there was Love At First Bite in 1979. As I recall their chili dogs were very good. Tasty Freeze was also just down the street and was a usual stop afterward.
I frequented the Sombrero mostly in the late 1970’s. There were some wild, wild nights there when Rocky Horror was playing. I got to know some of the people who worked there at the time and my friends and I would often stay behind after the movie was over to help clean up. For anyone who never got to witness the Rocky Horror then you would bring rice, newspapers, toast and various other items as your own personal props to enhance to screen experience. The theater was usually a mess afterward.
About the same time they installed the speakers for Earthquake, Led Zeppelin’s movie The Song Remains The Same came out. It was amazing seeing at the Bethany through those speakers!
Wallace and Ladmo stage shows here were the best. I still have the empty Ladmo bag I won here in 1963! One of my favorite memories if The Fox was seeing The Beatles movies A Hard Day’s Night and Help there. As The Beatles never did a concert in Phoenix, it was about the closest you could get. We camped outside the theatre the night before Help opened so we could get the best seats. KRIZ even had commemorative tickets printed for the event.
I remember see the awful movie Cher made called Chastity here in 1969. The great thing about it was The Palms Theatre was actually in that movie. For a moment, Phoenix seemed a little glamorous.
I saw so many movies at this place, I couldn’t count them all. There were even Summer kids movies for 25 cents. There was nothing like spending most of a hot day there for less than a dollar. In a way I’m glad I moved away from Arizona several years ago. It just kills me that most of the places in Phoenix from my childhood are gone. I am glad for the memories though: Bob’s Big Boy on Thomas and Central, Bill’s Records at Park Central Mall, Legend City, concerts at the Memorial Coluseum, The Palms Theatre on Central, Odessey Records on 12th Street and Camelback, chasing The Monkees from Sky Harbor to Mountain Shadows Resort in my 1961 Galaxy 500, KRUX, KRIZ, John’s Green Gables on Thomas and 24th Street. It’s like a flood.