Mustang Drive-In

945 AZ-87,
Chandler, AZ 85225

400 cars

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Mustang Drive-In

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The Mustang Drive-In opened in April of 1952 and it was still open in 1977.

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shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 26, 2007 at 6:19 pm

Had a capacity for 400 cars and owned by Howell Theatres.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Aerial photos starting at 1957 at View link

Chandler_Native
Chandler_Native on April 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm

The Mustang Drive-in was open into the seventies. The last time I remember going was in 1973, my freshman year in high school to watch “Live and Let Die”.

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 28, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Above address in incorrect. Approx. address for this drive-in was 950 North Arizona Avenue. Now condos near Ray Rd.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on October 29, 2012 at 6:44 am

The address of 942 North Arizona is pretty close, the entrance to the condo’s looks likes the entrance to the old drive-in theater. In looking at old maps North Washington almost runs into the drive-in theatre. Maybe at one time, when the drive-in was built, the entrance to the drive-in was located on North Washington. Later on they moved the entrance to North Arizona, so it would be a better waiting area for the cars coming into the entrance.

So I would call the address: 942 North Arizona Chandler, AZ 85225

trplt3
trplt3 on January 30, 2018 at 1:28 pm

I do not recall the address of the Mustang Drive-In, but the address of 942 was the home address of the theater owners Joe and Alice Woods. They lived a little less than a mile from the drive-in. Mail for the drive-in was probably sent to the 942 address. The entrance to the drive-in was just south of the Arizona Ave./Ray Rd. intersection on the east side of the road. I want to think that the drive in was sold to someone else around 1969 and did stay open for a few years longer. I want to think that I watched Smokey and the Bandit from the Mustang Drive-In, so that would have been in 1977.

Ot8100
Ot8100 on March 15, 2018 at 5:39 am

I know it was still open in 1976, my wife and I watched food of the gods and they came from within. Both were released in 1976.

Kenmore
Kenmore on March 15, 2018 at 7:14 am

A closer address is 945 AZ-87, Chandler, AZ. That puts it right next to what use to be the old entrance road of the drive-in. However, the road itself is listed in Google as “unknown”, so the address of the car lot (which use to be a convenience store) is the next best.

Today, the property is mostly apartment buildings with no trace of the drive-in remaining.

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