Terrace Twin Drive-In

9600 Central Avenue SE,
Albuquerque, NM 87109

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The Terrace Twin Drive-In opened prior to 1955. It had a capacity for 1,418 cars and 100 seats for walk-in patrons. I have been given a wonderful 1950’s B & W photo of the Terrace’s patio and concession area. It was built in the style of a pueblo. The projection booth is housed in a smaller second story. There are four signs accross the front saying “hot dogs”, “cold drinks”, “candies”, and “popcorn”.

“Terrace” is spelled out in script on a separate sign that is as wide as the projection booth. And as any of us who were lucky enough to have gone to any of the old drive ins would expect, there are metal lawn chairs out front.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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DonLewis
DonLewis on October 18, 2005 at 5:16 pm

Old black and white of the TERRACE here;
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William
William on October 19, 2005 at 4:35 am

The car capacity of the Terrace Drive-In was 1500 cars.

DonLewis
DonLewis on July 19, 2006 at 5:22 pm

TERRACE photograph courtesy of Skeet Noret
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 2, 2006 at 4:40 pm

The drive-in was owned by All-State Theaters in the 1950s, according to this 1955 article:

All-State Theaters, Inc., will open its third theater here Saturday night when the first movie will be shown at the Esquire Theater, 134 Isleta Blvd. SW. The 800-seat theater, formerly the old Isleta theater before remodeling, will present “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” as its first picture. Manuel Alarid will be manager
of the theater.

George Fossell, representative of All-State Theaters, said the theater, remodelled at a cost of $25,000, has the largest indoor
(36 by 15 ½ foot) Cinemascope screen in New Mexico and has the latest projection and sound equipment. A well – illuminated, fenced parking area can accommodate 300 cars, Mr. Gossell said. All-State Theaters also own the Terrace and Duke City Drive-In theaters here.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 26, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Here is a May 1963 ad from the Albuquerque Tribune:
http://tinyurl.com/3kxtab

DonLewis
DonLewis on February 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm

From the 1950s a vintage photo of the Terrace Drive-In’s concession and projection building in Albuquerque.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 19, 2012 at 9:09 am

Above address may be incorrect. According to historical maps, this drive-in was located at about 9450 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123.

There was also another drive-in next to this one (1 screen) but SW @ Ferguson.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I have uploaded an 1967 USGS aerial photograph of this drive-in and the Wyoming Drive-In, which was right next door. Also uploading an 1951 aerial showing it as a single drive-in.

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