Cinema Park Drive-In

800 E. Missouri Avenue,
Phoenix, AZ 85014

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Cinema Park Drive-In

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The Cinema Park Drive-In was open by 1950. Car capacity was listed at 880. It was said to be the first air-cooled drive-in in the United States, making use of five helicopter blades to propel 500,000 cubic feet of water-impregnated air over the 10 acre site. The misty, circulated air did the cooling job. Using the same equipment as that used in citrus groves to combat frost, the air conditioned theatre was a success with patrons. It was operated by Plitt Theatres when it closed in the mid-1970’s.

The drive-in was demolished and a strip shopping center and apartment complex is now where the theatre once stood.

Contributed by Chuck

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rivest266 on January 4, 2011 at 12:09 am

1970 (and other years) aerial photos at
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Siggy on January 28, 2014 at 3:45 pm

They had consession stand in back corner on 7th St to serve cars waiting in line to enter the theater.

rivest266 on November 14, 2015 at 3:48 pm

April 22nd, 1949 grand opening ad in photo section.

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