Pueblo Drive-In

1225 US 50,
Pueblo, CO 81008

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Pueblo Drive-In

The Pueblo Drive-In was opened on May 20, 1948 and was operated by Lionel Semon who also operated the slightly smaller Lake Drive-In from 1949. It was located on Canon City Highway. It closed on September 4, 1988 and its screen tower was destroyed by fire on November 7, 1995. It had a capacity for 725 cars.

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joolee75 on November 4, 2009 at 2:47 am

The Lake Drive-in was located off I-25 at Lake Ave in Pueblo, CO

rivest266 on August 19, 2011 at 12:05 am

An Lowe’s now stands on the site of the drive-in which is at 1225 Highway 50 West. An USGS aerial photo is uploaded

AmandaKoseck on April 20, 2016 at 8:42 am

Ok rivest266 lowes is on prairie not lake which is where the drive inn was located you should take another look at a map to see what I’m saying the drive inn was even called lake drive inn just helping out

Kenmore on April 20, 2016 at 1:58 pm

A more accurate address (at least for Google) is 1225 U.S. 50, Pueblo, CO. A Lowe’s currently sits on the property with no trace of the drive-in remaining. http://tinyurl.com/z3azzqx

jwmovies on February 14, 2019 at 7:18 am

Kenmore is correct. The address for this theater is 1225 w U.S. 50, Pueblo CO.

Please update.

MichaelKilgore on September 18, 2019 at 9:58 pm

In a Feb. 21, 2010 article about “Night Lights,” local historian Mike Thomason’s book on Pueblo’s theaters, the Pueblo Chieftain wrote that the Pueblo Drive-In’s opening night was March 17, 1950.

But that just proves that some reporter got suckered by a season re-opening ad and didn’t read the book, which is admittedly hard to find. In Night Lights, Thomason clearly wrote that the Pueblo opened on May 20, 1948, closed on Sept. 4, 1988, and saw its screen tower burn down on Nov. 7, 1995.

davidcoppock on October 4, 2019 at 7:06 am

Is it known how the fire in the screen tower started?

MichaelKilgore on November 19, 2019 at 9:05 pm

Motion Picture Herald, July 19, 1947: “L. R. Semon, in theatre business in Cimarron, Kans., will build a $100,000 drive-in theatre in Pueblo, Colo.”

Motion Picture Herald, May 29, 1948: “Lionel R. Semon opens 750-car, $125,000 drive-in, Pueblo, Colo.”

MichaelKilgore on February 25, 2020 at 4:15 am

Boxoffice, Jan. 3, 1948: “Work has begun on the new drive-in theatre being built by the Pueblo Drive-In Theatre Co. in Pueblo. Dave Pitman, Pueblo builder, has the contract for the screen tower and concession stand, which were designed by Walter DeMordaunt. The theatre will be ready for operation in the spring.”

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