De Anza Drive-In

1401 S. Alvernon Way,
Tucson, AZ 85711

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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:

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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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:

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.

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.

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.

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 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?

kencmcintyre on December 17, 2008 at 7:13 pm

That’s cute. Anyway, the story says a real estate developer wants to turn the property into a retail center.

kencmcintyre on December 17, 2008 at 7:11 pm

The De Anza may be doomed, according to this May 2008 article from the Arizona Daily Star:

KingBiscuits on March 29, 2008 at 9:44 pm

Weird thing I noticed looking through Tucson Weekly archives: when they played the second show of Casino at around midnight, only the first half was shown. I bet this caused lots of complaints from night owls.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 26, 2005 at 12:47 pm

The opening day ad for the Cactus Drive-in can be seen here: