New Frontier Drive-In

111 E. Road 11 N,
Center, CO 81125

320 cars

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New Frontier Drive-In

The Frontier Drive-In was opened on May 14, 1955 with Edmond O'Brien in “Warpath”. It was operated by Herbert Gumper. It was closed around 1985. Still standing completely intact as of March, 2014.

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NYozoner
NYozoner on December 31, 2016 at 7:36 am

US 285 at E Rd 11 N
Center, CO 81125

kpdennis
kpdennis on August 14, 2017 at 6:25 am

Stumbled across the ruins of the New Frontier Drive In outside of of Center, Colorado while cruising the highway – new pictures in the Photo section. Wonder who got the marquee? No sign of it on the grounds.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on August 14, 2017 at 1:35 pm

Wonder if it showed any of the Star Trek movies?

RoadsideArchitecture.com
RoadsideArchitecture.com on August 20, 2018 at 6:03 pm

The sign is being restored: https://centerpostdispatch.com/article/frontier-drive-in-receiving-makeover

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on August 20, 2018 at 11:00 pm

The International Motion Picture Almanac said in its 1978 edition that the “New Frontier” was run by E. Bohn, though Edwin Bohn’s obituary called it just the Frontier. Anyway, it fell off the IMPA drive-in list between the 1984 and 1986 editions, so that’s probably when it closed.

jwmovies
jwmovies on February 13, 2019 at 11:19 pm

A more accurate address for this theater is 101 E Rd 11 N, Center, CO 81125. This points directly to the drive in. Please update.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on July 30, 2019 at 7:25 pm

The Frontier debuted in the 1956 edition of the Motion Picture Almanac series, listed as owned by Herbert Gumper. It fell off the MPA list in 1985.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on July 30, 2019 at 8:16 pm

“Herbert Gumper, Frontier Drive-In, Center, Colo., and the Roundup Drive-In, La Jara, Colo., died of a heart attack. The 54-year-old theatre man is survived by his wife, a son, and three grandchildren.” —Motion Picture Exhibitor, Aug. 12, 1964

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on September 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Frontier Drive-In held its grand opening on Saturday, May 14, 1955, based on a front-page story in the previous day’s issue of the Monte Vista Journal. Admission was free for the opening, which featured the movie “Warpath”.

The drive-in was described “eleven miles north of Monte Vista on the Gunbarrel,” the locals' name for US 285, which has no curves in that stretch. It was owned by Herb and Theta Gumpers, who also owned the Center Theatre, the La Jara Theatre, and the Round-Up Drive-In in La Jara.

“Gumpers has constructed the theatre screen and installations himself.” The screen was 44x80 feet, and the lot held 320 cars. Walter Nichols was the manager.

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