East 70 Drive-In
12600 E. Colfax Avenue,
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Opened in 1950. I lived behind the East Drive-In when it was in full operation (1955-1964). Many of us worked there during the summer washing windshields for tips and walking the back rows to clear out stragglers.
We had many a play hour there during the day, since the layout was quite amenable to go karts. We would race from Colfax Street to the entrance booth and whip around the corner into the vast sea of speakers on poles.
I happened to drive by on a visit to Aurora the day the wrecking crew was committing architectural homicide on the place and felt a genuine loss. I’m sure it was living on life support, but I still hated to see it go.
The North, South, East, West and Monaco drive-ins were part of the Compass chain of theatres when I was there. The East 70 Drive-In had a 1,700 car capacity.
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