Centennial Drive-In

3128 W. Belleview Avenue,
Littleton, CO 80123

1250 cars

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Centennial Drive-In

The Centennial Drive-In was opened April 17, 1954, and had two CinemaScope screens and a capacity for 1,200 cars for each screen, with stereophonic sound given from two speakers per car. It was built for and operated by Television Theatres Inc. It was one the state’s largest theatres in the 1950’s and it was owned by Lee Theatres by 1955. It later went to a single screen operation with a capacity for 1,250 cars.

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rivest266 on August 20, 2011 at 11:36 am

This was at the southeast corner of S. Irving St. and W. Belleview.
2 screens in 1956 and one by 1963

jwmovies on September 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 3128 W. Belleview Ave.

Dogman on December 3, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Don’t confuse Centennial with South Drive-in. Two different theaters. South Drive-in was at Windermere and Bellview. Centennial was down by the Dog Track. Centennial had two screens, one North, one South. The concession was shared by both sides. Both were great theaters. I spent a LOT of time at both in the late 50’s and early 60’s.

kennyjames on June 28, 2018 at 3:05 pm

The Centennial opened on 4/17/54. In a Rocky Mountain News article that week, the capacity of the twin drive-in was listed as 2400 cars, 1200 for each screen. I am putting together a series of books on the Denver area’s drive-ins and indoor theatres. If anyone has questions about the subject, feel free to contact me at and I’ll be happy to share my research with you. Thanks ! Ken Mitchell

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