Tucson 5 Drive-In

1055 W. Grant Road,
Tucson, AZ 85705

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Tucson 5 Drive-In

The Tucson 5 Drive-In was opened in 1974 by the Syufy Enterprises 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 Enterprises 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 on December 7, 2010 at 11:55 am

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 on December 7, 2010 at 1:29 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 on January 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm

February 7th, 1974 grand opening ad is at
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1980 color aerial photo is at
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rivest266 on January 7, 2011 at 5:08 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 on January 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I also made a video of grand opening ads, which can be seen at

jwmovies on December 24, 2012 at 10:58 pm

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

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