Tucson 5 Drive-In

1055 W. Grant Road,
Tucson, AZ 85705

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Tucson 5 Drive-In

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The Tucson 5 Drive-In was opened in 1974 by the Syufy chain with four screens; the fifth was added some time in the early-1980’s. It was large drive-in, accommodating 1,570 cars. It was demolished by Syufy in the late-1980’s to clear the land for the Century Park 12 (later the Century Park 16) indoor multiplex.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm

There are some pictures of this drive-in’s site and newspaper ads on its gallery page at Drive-ins.com: http://www.drive-ins.com/gallery/azttusc

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

This webpage has quite a bit of information about the Tuczon 5 and has some pictures. According to the information here, the theater was closed in 1982. http://www.driveinmemories.com/drivein/tuc4di.htm

I wonder if the theater was designed by Vincent Raney who designed the Cinedomes built by Syufy/Century; that snackbar interior reminds me of those theaters.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm

February 7th, 1974 grand opening ad is at
View link

1980 color aerial photo is at
View link

rivest266
rivest266 on January 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm

There was some big delay in building this drive-in.
1967 aerial at View link you can see the ramps under construction
and clicking on the 1972 button you can see it look abandoned.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I also made a video of grand opening ads, which can be seen at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONVEokXHXZA

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 25, 2012 at 1:58 am

The hardtop which replaced this drive-in (just like Redwood City, CA & Las Vegas, NV) is now also closed.

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