El Paso Drive-In

600 Chelsea Street,
El Paso, TX 79903

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El Paso Drive-In

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My father was city manager of the El Paso, Del Norte and Bordertown drive-in theaters in El Paso, Texas from 1957 until 1965.

Contributed by Ria Veeren

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ria on February 13, 2007 at 1:16 pm

Check the site below for images of the El Paso Drive In Theater

Ria Veeren


kencmcintyre on August 9, 2007 at 8:10 pm

Roadside Peek has some photos of a Bronco Drive-In in El Paso. I’m not adding any more drive-ins, so it’s up for grabs if anyone’s inclined. There are a couple of nice photos on the RSP website.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on March 9, 2009 at 4:21 am

I grew up in El Paso and recall the drive-ins fondly. Bronco, Ascarate, Bordertown (I ran a business right across the street behind CharBurg), Rocket out on Dyer St., Del Norte (closest to our house…).

And being military dependent, numerous theaters located on post. Some very large, some super small (Logan Heights).

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on March 9, 2009 at 4:21 am

All the on-post theaters were indoor, sorry…

rivest266 on August 31, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Opened on June 20th, 1946, first ad is at View link

rivest266 on September 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm

No ads in 1945, found oldest ad on June 20th, 1946.

NYozoner on December 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Here is a set of aerial photos of the El Paso Drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

1947 – http://flic.kr/p/9483BR
1950 – http://flic.kr/p/9483DH
1956 – http://flic.kr/p/9483Ev

rayrojas on March 27, 2011 at 12:19 am

There was a gun battle between police and back robbers that ended up running through this theatre. I’ll try to find an article on it. Some have described it similar to the LA bank robbery where the guys had those assault weapons, but obviously much earlier.

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