Havana Drive-In

1349 S. Havana Street,
Aurora, CO 80012

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Mike_Schultz on May 30, 2016 at 1:07 am

I worked for Havana Drive Inn Theater around 1968 and 1969 and later in 1971 and 1972. This was one of several “Compass Drive Inn’s” in/around the Denver Metro Area and was owned by Wolfberg (Sp?). Across the street I watched the progress of “Buckingham Square” shopping center being built. Wolfberg also owned the Paramount Theater in downtown Denver. I also worked as a “fill in” when some of the other Compass Drive Inn’s were short handed. The Havana Drive Inn Theater was the largest Drive Inn in Wolfberg Co., with 1400 parking spots that were ALL good spots to park in. It had the nicest LARGE concession stand and modern HUGE restrooms. It was probably by far the nicest drive inn in the U.S. As a matter of interest, One of the other Compass drive Inn’s called “The East” was located on Colfax in Aurora. A Aurora Mayer by the name of Paul Tauer (SP?) moved into a new nearby housing complex. Typical of stupid mentality, the harassment to the theater started big time. After all, HOW DARE he move next to a drive inn theater and be subject to the sound of drive inn noises like cars leaving late at night, speaker noises. The harassment was relentless – A weed to high, noise complaints, constant city “inspections” and what-ever else a Mayer could abuse his power with.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on April 13, 2015 at 11:41 am

I was told today by a longtime local tech that this theatre was NEVER a Wolfberg/Compass and my source that thought it was isn’t too sure. I cannot find anything indicating it was one of theirs with the exception of some other CT comments and a few other iffy mentions in the Internet. further info on this would be great.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on April 5, 2015 at 10:59 pm

Was a Compass Drive-In Theatres/Wolfberg Theatres of Denver. They should be added as a previous operator.