Prince Drive-In

2015 E. Prince Road,
Tucson, AZ 85719

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The Prince Drive-In opened in 1953. This single screen drive-in closed around 1979.

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carolgrau on March 21, 2005 at 7:41 am

I seem to remember in my travels a nine screen drive-in somewhere in Arizona, or I could be wrong.
Dave Grau (Mungo)

carolgrau on March 21, 2005 at 8:10 am

Lostmemory, thanks pal, a graet picture. I was hoping I was not seeing things. I remember I almost caused a major traffic accident,trying to pull over to get a look at this 9 screen drive-in. I started out as a projectionist at my dad`s Midway Drive-In in Pa. between Hummelstown & Middletown Pa. in 1956. I have always had a great love for them. I remember driving along in my Swift tractor trailer and seeing this place and could not remember where it was,and was really impressed.
Dave Grau (Mungo)

carolgrau on March 21, 2005 at 3:29 pm

No it is not,I can`t remember that much about the place. I know it was a 200 mile trip from our home to the theatre. Dad leased the property, and we had relatives living near by. I know that it has been gone now for over 40 years. The last time i was in the area it was a driving range.

pouruchista on November 14, 2007 at 12:16 am

I live a block from the former location, it’s presently apartment buildings and other private homes.

kencmcintyre on June 16, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Here is a November 1972 ad from the Tucson Daily Citizen:

CharlieO on April 21, 2010 at 11:14 am

Hello, I worked at the Prince around 1970-71 best i can remember. I Was actually robbed at gun point once while working the back gate.
Still have a lot of crazy and fun memories , Mike, Larry I miss you guys.. Raul, Bill Anderson(manager) R.I.P.


rivest266 on January 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Aerial photo starting from 1958 at
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Grand opening ad from February 14th, 1953
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popvoid on January 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm

The Google map pin isn’t exactly right. The theater was right at the corner of Prince and Campbell. The screen faced the street, yet in spite of this they often showed pretty racy stuff. I remember once driving by it when they were showing the nudist film, GARDEN OF EDEN. My mom was trying to steer the car and cover my eyes at the same time.

Tucsonman on September 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

Its lot is the exact same one that Foxpoint Apartments now occupy.

Tucsonman on September 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

Here’s an ad from its later years:

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