13360 Colorado Highway 172,
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The Buckskin Drive-In was located near Ignacio, Colorado and was opened on April 10, 1955 with Elizabeth Taylor in “The Last Time I Saw Paris”. It was a popular venue for local residents and was one of the largest drive-in theatres in Colorado accomodating hundreds of vehicles.
First run films were booked along with cartoons and newsreels, and local commercial business trailers, and showed seven days per week during the peak summer seasons.
The screen was constructed of steel trusses and corrugated aluminum painted with a high reflectance white coating, and permitted showing of CinemaScope Anamorphic wide-screen films. Projection lenses and projectors were designed for long throw projection due to the distance to the screen. Carbon Arc high intensity lamphouses utilized 3/8 inch carbon arc rods with copper coating and large parabolic reflector mirrors.
A large concession stand served popcorn, soft drinks, candy and ice cream.
The owners of the Buckskin Drive-In also owned the Rio Theatre in Meeker, Colorado and traveled to Ignacio to assist the theatre manager during the peak business summer months.
The theatre closed in the late-1960’s'-early-1970’s, partly due to the advent of television via UHF translator signals from nearby Albuquerque, New Mexico
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