Glendale 9 Drive-In

5650 N. 55th Avenue,
Glendale, AZ 85301

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Glendale 9 Drive-In

Opened June 13, 1979 as a 7-screen drive-in theatre. It was first operated by Syufy Enterprises. Each screen shows a double feature. This drive-in is listed as the largest operating drive-in in Arizona. It was later expanded to 9-screens.

It is now operated by West Winds Drive-Ins.

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Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 7, 2007 at 5:16 pm

Designed as a 7-screen drive-in by Vincent Raney for Syufy Enterprises. This is one of the last Drive-Ins built by Syufy on 6/13/1979. It was later expanded into its current 9-screen configuration.

It is now operated as a West Wind drive-in.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 18, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Their web site lists the drive-in as all digital.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on June 10, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Opened June 13, 1979.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 15, 2015 at 4:41 pm

June 13, 1979 grand opening ad in photo section.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on January 30, 2017 at 12:44 pm

Now that it’s the only operating drive-in in Arizona, the Glendale would have to be the largest. :) Like the others in the West Wind chain, they’re smart about offering periodic free movies, typically on Thursdays, to draw in new customers.

Now that it’s running digital, a couple of the shiny old film projectors are mounted like museum displays in the concession stand area.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 10, 2019 at 6:09 am

Opened on screen 1 with “The great train robbery” and “Rocky 2” and screen 2 with “Jaws” and “The car” and screen 3 with “101 dalmations” and “The love bug” and screen 4 with “Superman” and “The deep” and screen 5 with “Butch and sundance the early years” and “The Duchess and Dirtwater Fox” and screen 6 with “Deer hunter” and “The boys in Company c” and screen 7 with “Game of death” and “Circle of iron”.

KenLayton
KenLayton on May 10, 2019 at 8:08 am

It would be nice to see an overhead view (like from a drone) of the field layout. I’d like to see how they got 9 screens laid out. How many acres does this theater have?

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on May 10, 2019 at 9:42 am

The theatre is essentially one large city block. Google it and give it a look-see. Original a 7-plex, screens 1 and 7 were divided to make the newer screens, it’s painfully obvious from the aerial shot.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 10, 2019 at 10:22 am

There is also a swap meet there too(according to one of the photos in the photos section).

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