Cinema Park Drive-In

10676 Montana Avenue,
El Paso, TX 79935

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Cinema Park Drive-In

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The Cinema Park Drive-In was built in 1969 on Montana Avenue in El Paso’s east side. When built there was a central projection room atop the snack bar. The snack bar and booths caught fire, and three separate projection rooms were built out on the individual lots, and the snack bar was rebuilt in it’s original location. It was owned by McLendon Theatres of Dallas, and later leased to FLW Theatres. It’s last operator was legendary showman Bob Hartgrove.

Unfortunately the snack bar caught fire again, and the landlord refused to rebuild. The drive in ran a year or so selling concessions out of a catering truck, but closed in 1994.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 26, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Here is part of an article in the El Paso Herald dated 1/3/72:

One of El Paso’s largest drive-in theater complexes, the Cinema Park, 10676 Montana Avenue, today was a rubble of blackened ruins after a fire destroyed it late Saturday doing an estimated $210,000 damage. Firemen were investigating the cause of the blaze.

Theater manager James Harris, said the theater would be reconstructed, but gave no dates as to when building would begin. A fireman, Lt. D.R. Guillen, was trapped inside the blazing structure a short while after he led firemen to fight the flames, then was caught inside by a falling, burning beam. Firefighters chopped an escape passage for him and he got out with burns that did not prevent his remaining to help knock out the blaze.

A janitor said he had left the building to empty some trash and when he returned found the fire already making good progress. It had engulfed most of the structure by the time firemen arrived.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 31, 2009 at 1:19 pm

May 7th, 1969 grand opening ad is at View link

It claimed that it was the first three screen drive-in in the southwest!

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Approx. address now is 10950 Montana Ave. The housing complex south of this address was where the theatres stood.

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