Circle Autoscope Drive-In

2901 Carlisle Boulevard NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87101

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Circle Autoscope Drive-In

The Circle Autoscope Drive-In opened June 19, 1963 with James Stewart in “Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation” & Frank Sinatra in “Sergeants 3”. It was mentioned in the documentary "Drive-In Movie Memories" in 2001.

Each of the 259 cars had one small screen to view the movie!

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 19, 2012 at 11:41 am

thanks Dave, saw a picture in BOXOFFICE,years ago.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 19, 2012 at 11:55 am

There is a picture, posted on the theater’s page at Drive-ins.com, that may the same one Mike is referring to:

http://www.drive-ins.com/pictures/nmtcirc006.jpg

rivest266
rivest266 on August 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

This opened on June 19th, 1963. Grand opening ad uploaded here.

Kris4077
Kris4077 on October 16, 2013 at 9:30 am

Check out this website with some pictures Of the Tri-Circle Autoscope Drive-In in washington, which is on CT, just search for Tri-Circle. They are awesome http://www.film-tech.com/ubbpics/ubb672.html

Kris4077
Kris4077 on October 16, 2013 at 11:35 am

Why re all the autoscopes listed as 1 Screen?

John_Cline
John_Cline on October 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm

No, 2901 Carlisle NE IS the correct address. This drive-in theater was located where the “Carlisle Plaza Senior Mobile Home Park” is now located. This is about two blocks north of the Walmart Supercenter closer to Candelaria.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on March 28, 2018 at 12:06 am

The picture above says 259 screens, not 1 screen.

David_Schneider
David_Schneider on April 25, 2018 at 2:11 pm

Wow, if each of the 259 cars really did have its own individual screen then this listing should read “259 screens” (though the drop down menu for screens on the new theater listing submissions page does not allow for more than 35).

Ha, the circular arrangement in the photo makes me wonder if this is the pad where the aliens had intended to land before they ended up crashing near Roswell. :)

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 23, 2018 at 8:04 am

Opened with “Mr Hobbs takes a vacation” and “Sergeants 3”. 260 cars. closed in(1965?) Date of demolition unknown? Site became a gardening suply company(for which a metal sign still stands). Site is now Carlisle Plaza Senior Mobile Home Park. There might still be the entrance and exit ramps and some sign mounts for the marquee and some short red, white and blue posts that separate the lot from the frontages on Carlisle and Claremont.

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