Cactus Drive-In

1610 Yale Boulevard SE,
Albuquerque, NM 87106

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Cactus Drive-In

The Cactus Drive-In was the first drive-in theatre in the state. It was opened September 26, 1947 with Fred MacMurray & Anne Baxter in “Smokey”. It was still open in 1957.

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rivest266
rivest266 on August 18, 2013 at 11:53 pm

September 26th, 1947 grand opening uploaded in the photo section.

NS7X
NS7X on April 15, 2017 at 1:58 am

My mom and dad, Lois and Glenn Ream, operated the Cactus from its opening. They lived in a small apartment which was located at the base of the screen house. The drive-in also had a cactus garden for people to wander around. One of the cactus plants, a cholla is still extant. I know because it’s now in my yard.

Kenmore
Kenmore on April 15, 2017 at 1:25 pm

You can still see a few of the ramps.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on May 20, 2019 at 3:55 pm

The April 10, 1954 Motion Picture Herald reported that the Cactus had widened its screen to 100 feet.

The June 5, 1954 issue added that the Cactus had installed CinemaScope and magnetic sound.

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