Phoenix Drive-In

3600 E. Van Buren Avenue,
Phoenix, AZ 85008

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Phoenix Drive-In

The Phoenix Drive-In opened in 1940. The car capacity was 500 cars. It is said that this was the first drive-in built in Phoenix. The drive-in was owned by Harry L. Nace Theatres. It was later expanded to hold around 800 cars.

The Phoenix Drive-In closed in 1983 and has since been leveled.

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rivest266
rivest266 on January 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm

February 28th, 1940 grand opening ad is at View link

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on May 19, 2019 at 9:20 pm

From the June 12, 2015 Arizona Republic:

The Phoenix Drive-In Theatre is an example of how drive-in theaters evolved. Speakers were first located in the ground and later migrated onto poles. A concession stand was added. The size of the screen grew and the number of parking slots doubled over time to about 800.

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