Paonia Drive-In

179 Colorado Highway 133,
Paonia, CO 81428

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Paonia Drive-In

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Chris1982 on September 23, 2014 at 6:23 am

The Paonia Drive-In was listed as open in 1958 with a 300 car capacity. It was still listed as open in the early-1980’s.

Kenmore on December 12, 2014 at 7:11 am

Found it. Located on the west side of the river at approximately 179 Colorado HWY 133. There is no trace of the drive-left today.

NeonMichael on November 1, 2016 at 8:34 am

The Paonia was not listed in the 1955 Theatre Catalog, so that gives us a narrow range for when it probably opened, thanks Chris1982.

Thanks for the link, Kenmore. Google Earth from 2016 still shows the sign there. From the layout, my guess is that the screen bordered the highway, patrons looped along the tree-lined drive to the south maybe past those ponds, then back to the main parking area?

Kenmore on November 1, 2016 at 12:02 pm

According to a 1994 aerial and previous topo maps, the screen was indeed next to the highway. However, the drive-in itself was rather rectangular running west to east and not dipping down towards the south. It appears that the car capacity was fairly small.

TomMc11 on June 28, 2018 at 8:53 am

A couple of ramps in the back are still visible, and it looks like the projection booth building is there, just repurposed and expanded.

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