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 in late-1976.

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carolgrau
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.
Norelco

pouruchista
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
kencmcintyre on June 16, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Here is a November 1972 ad from the Tucson Daily Citizen:
http://tinyurl.com/n23pvm

CharlieO
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.

Chuck..

rivest266
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
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
Tucsonman on September 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

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

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on September 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

Here’s an ad from its later years:http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:GmmbQgdwS7IJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/tucson/tucson-daily-citizen/1976/11-27/page-29+&cd=14&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on November 28, 2019 at 7:48 pm

Boxoffice, Jan. 3, 1977: “Two (Tucson) drive-ins, the Midway and Prince have closed. The owner, Cactus Corp., theatre division, has sold the Midway to P.F. West, a local development firm, for conversion to business use. The Prince is on the selling block.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on December 30, 2019 at 6:53 pm

Boxoffice, Jan. 17, 1953: “TUCSON – Two workmen were killed here Saturday (10) when a 57-foot screen tower wall collapsed during construction at the Prince Drive-In on East Prince road, near north Campbell avenue. One man was killed instantly beneath 20 tons of debris from the fallen screen. The second, who had loosened his safety belt and jumped from the falling screen, died at a local hospital four hours later. … Both men had been hired on the day of the accident by theatre manager Hugh Downs.”

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