Tsaya Drive-In

948 Lebanon Road,
Cortez, CO 81321

350 cars

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The Tsaya Drive-In was opened on April 21, 1955 with John Payne in “Rails into Laramie”. It was operated by Raymond C. Taylor, Ralph Tanner & George Armstrong. It was closed by May 1967. It was demolished in the 1970’s.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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jwmovies on December 24, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 948 Lebanon Road. Parts of the ramps, screen tower and concession building are still there.

dansdriveintheater on January 24, 2019 at 10:51 pm

the concession stand is gone though all of the ramps and screen foundation still remain

davidcoppock on January 26, 2019 at 1:58 am

Why the name Tsaya?

MichaelKilgore on May 21, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Looks like it opened in 1955. From the April 30, 1955 Motion Picture Herald:

Taylor, Tanner and Armstrong have opened a 320-car drive-in, Cortez, Colo.

MichaelKilgore on July 30, 2019 at 2:14 pm

The Tsaya fell off the Motion Picture Almanac drive-in list between the 1967 edition and 1969, a rare update for MPA for that period. The drive-in looked fairly intact even in a 1993 aerial, and it was included in a 1984 topo map.

MichaelKilgore on September 11, 2019 at 8:38 am

There’s a magnificent article by Mark Wolfe in the Winter 2007 issue of Colorado Heritage, which included most of the details of the Tsaya’s life. The article, “Silver Screens Under Starry Skies,” is hard to find (cough Google), but here are the high points:

Ralph Tanner and Raymond Taylor built the Tsaya, which opened on April 21, 1955. The opening show was “Rails Into Laramie”. The drive-in held 360 cars and had a wide 42x84-foot screen mounted on a 65-foot tower.

The owners of the Arroyo Drive-In acquired the Tsaya in the early 1960s. By May 1967, Margory Gai had closed the Tsaya, eventually repurchased by Tanner. “The theater was torn down in the 1970s and replaced by the Sikis Village mobile home court.”

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