Sunset Drive-In

1700 Arenal Road SW,
Albuquerque, NM 87105

400 cars

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Sunset Drive-In

The Sunset Drive-In opened November 28, 1951 with a capacity for 400 cars. It closed in 2000.

The screen, concessions stand, & ticket booth are all still standing. It is fenced off, with ‘NO Trespassing’ signs aligned the area!

Contributed by Randy A Carlisle

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm

It parked between 250 and 500 cars and was owned in 1956 by Martin Butler.

Driveintheatre2001 on January 19, 2012 at 1:52 am

A couple of Photos of the Sunset Drive In Theatre Seen here & Seen here .. Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photography

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on January 19, 2012 at 5:42 am

Maybe down the road they are thinking about reopening it in the future.

Driveintheatre2001 on January 20, 2012 at 3:51 am

hispeed54.. Great News! Where did you get this information? Thanx! RAC Photography ..

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Drive-In 54 on January 20, 2012 at 6:00 am

DIT2001…I just thinking that. I have no information on it. I have seen where the owners have shut a DI down and put it hibernation/fenced for security for a few years to reopen it later on.

thede on January 25, 2013 at 10:13 am

how can i meet the owners of this location? this place has had my heart all my life.

rivest266 on June 9, 2016 at 4:32 pm

This opened on November 28th, 1951. Grand opening ad in photo section.

BoogityBones on April 27, 2017 at 10:38 pm

The good ol' Sunset Drive In. I worked there during the 80’s when I was in high school. Good times.

NeonMichael on February 14, 2018 at 8:22 am

The owner was active enough recently to turn down a request “to project a message of love on its tattered screen,” according to a Valentine’s Day 2018 article in the Albuquerque Journal.

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