Greeley Drive-In

920 47th Avenue,
Greeley, CO 80634

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This drive-in was located in a valley-like parcel of land on the Colorado plains. The Greeley Drive-In was opened August 14, 1948. A Wal-Mart now occupies the site…this was constructed around 2002/2003. According to a Greeley Tribune Newspaper advertisement talking about the Wal-Mart store being constructed “The Greeley Drive-In closed in the early-1980’s”.

For many years while the land sat vacant, local kids would sled from the top of the bluffs down to the valley below (where the drive-in sat).

This theater was at one time owned and operated by Emmett and Ethel Savard, both of whom are now deceased.

Contributed by Anthony L. Hernandez

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dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on May 26, 2015 at 11:12 am

The 425-space Greeley Drive-In launched August 14, 1948 by Rudolph W. Meyer. In 1953, Westland Theatres took on the Greeley. By 1956 Emmett and Ethel Savard were the owners of the theater and the operation was under the creative Cactus Jack. The theater adopted a rural-theme which included Rooster Catch Night when roosters were turned loose in the lot and you could keep any you caught. The concession area was called the Chuck House and the box office was called the Ticket Chute. Drive-up church services and car washes were offered during the run of the veteran ozoner.

On June 15, 1956, the original screen was knocked over in a wind storm. The screen was replaced by an improved 105' CinemaScope capable widescreen. capacity increased to 600 cars. The theater’s biggest success came with 1970’s “Airport” which played for a month as did “The Godfather.” The theater lasted into the home video era of the 1980s before being replaced by a Wal-Mart store.

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