De Anza Drive-In

1401 S. Alvernon Way,
Tucson, AZ 85711

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The Cactus Drive-In opened March 24, 1951 with a capacity for 600 cars. The single screen Cactus Drive-In closed October 27, 1976.

In 1977 the drive-in re-opened as the De Anza Drive-In with three screens. A year later a fourth screen was added. Car capacity is still listed as 600.

The De Anza Drive-In was closed on October 3, 2009, and was soon demolished.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 17, 2008 at 7:18 pm

I posted the story, but then it changed screens to say I had to log in to return. Does it show the story when you click on the link?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 17, 2008 at 7:22 pm

The article loads fine. That story is seven months old. This drive-in is currently open and the function should be first run movies. Hopefully this drive-in remains open.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 23, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Here is a photo of Ewart Edwards, who managed the De Anza and several other theaters in the Tucson area. The photo was in a retrospective in the AZ Daily Star in October 2006, shortly after Mr. Edwards passed away.
http://tinyurl.com/9kakkh

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm

The three-screen De Anza Drive-In was designed by Charles Cox & Associates, according to an article in the February 14, 1977, issue of Boxoffice.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 22, 2009 at 7:31 am

The De Anza closed after the last show on October 3, 2009. Here is a brief story and a video about the closing.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Two individuals in Tucson are attempting to build a sort of recreation of this theater, using screen parts salvaged from the site. The plan to give the new theater the De Anza’s original name, the Cactus. The project has a website and it has this page on it which relates some history of the Cactus/De Anza: http://www.cactusdriveintheater.com/history.html

rivest266
rivest266 on January 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Grand opening ad from February 1st, 1977 ad De Anza is at
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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Old Drive in customer found, couldn’t find the exit:

http://azstarnet.com/news/local/crime/remains-found-at-old-tucson-drive-in-were-homicide-victim/article_3506dfb8-c574-11e1-a93a-0019bb2963f4.html

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