Lamar Drive-In

7341 U.S.-50 Scenic,
Lamar, CO 81052

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I know very little about this theater except that it was built to replace the old drive-in that sat on the eastern side of HWY 50 in Lamar, CO. This drive-in sits on the north west edge of Lamar.

The marquee, concession/projection building and some ramps remain. The ticket booth and screen no longer exist. A steel addition was added to the south end of the projection/concession building which was from a past tenant, not the theater.

It is currently occupied by Paul’s Auto Body.

Contributed by Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 13, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Couldn’t find anything in my 1956 motion picture Almanac,either had closed or was not built yet.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on July 13, 2010 at 8:26 pm

It was most likely not built yet. The other drive in I mentioned was called the Arrow (I believe) and I believe that the Lamar was built to replace it (in a new location) due to a fire or some other undesired closure.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 14, 2010 at 10:41 am

On the Google photo from the street I saw what looked like a marquee still standing, is that what it is?

I could find nothing on a Lamar Drive-In, only on an Arrow and Kar-Vu.

Anyone have more info or photos on the Lamar Drive-In.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on July 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Yes, I have seen that image and that is indeed the marquee. The theater sat a little ways back behind it. The Arrow was the other Drive-In in town (not listed on CT but I have mentioned it a couple times on The Lamar Drive-In page) and the Kar-Vu was in Springfield, a town about 50 miles south of Lamar on the Oklahoma border. It closed recently and has a page on here. I visited it recently and added a comment about what I saw.

mistymonet on August 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I believe that the Arrow Drive-In east of Lamar closed in the early 60’s due to the big flood that went through there.

My dad, my mother and her brothers worked at both the Lamar Theatre and the Arrow Drive-in during the mid to late 50’s and 60’s. I still have a couple of the old calendars of upcoming movies for both theaters from around 1958/59.

NeonMichael on February 11, 2019 at 7:37 am

At least some Motion Picture Almanacs (looking at 1962 as I type) carried a listing for the Kar-Vu in Lamar, New Mexico. Except that there is no town named Lamar in NM, so I’d guess it’s southern Colorado instead. Capacity was 400 (much larger than Springfield’s later Kar-Vu), owner Atlas Thea. Corp.

Sure enough, when I cross-reference the Denver-based Atlas Theatre Corp. listing that year, it shows only Colorado theaters, including the Kar-Vu Drive-In (and the Lamar and the Pioneer) in Lamar CO.

Kenmore on February 12, 2019 at 7:39 am

A more accurate address is 7341 US-50 Scenic, Lamar, CO 81052. On Google Maps, it’s right where the entrance road is located.

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