Trail Drive-In

Highway 87 near CR A028,
Clayton, NM 88415

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Trail Drive-In

I located a drive in theater southeast of Clayton, NM on Highway 87 near CR A028. This one could have been the Trail Drive-In which was opened prior to 1955, and was operated by Murphy Theatres of Raton, NM. By 1957 it was operated by Gibraltar Enterprises Inc. It has been closed for a long time but is still visible on aerial maps.

Contributed by Brian Blakley

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CSWalczak on September 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm

There are several pictures of the remains of the Trail Drive-in taken from 2002-2011 on its gallery page at

jwmovies on December 23, 2012 at 2:50 am

Approx. location for this drive-in was about 2 blocks west of U.S. 87 & Bell.

MichaelKilgore on February 11, 2019 at 12:28 am

The ticket booth, ramps and concession building are still clearly visible on Google Earth as I type.

The drive-in shows up on the 1973 topo map at Historic Aerials. It looks active from the 1969 aerial photo, and the screen is still there in 1997. It’s still on the 2001 topo map, but by the 2005 aerial photo, the screen is gone.

Kenmore on February 21, 2019 at 2:54 pm

A closer address is US-87 & Dr Michael Jenkins Rd, New Mexico 88415.

The drive-in sits about ½ mile west of the intersection on the north side of the highway. The aerial photo shows the entrance, outline, ramps, concession stand, and screen which is laying down.

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