Rancho Drive-In

6501 W. Northern Avenue,
Glendale, AZ 85301

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Rancho Drive-In

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Harry L. Nace Theatres opened the Rancho Drive-In in June of 1953. On July 20, 1959, the front page of the Arizona Republic headlined “Gang Fight At Theater – A 14-year-old Glendale girl was shot through the head and at least five other persons were injured last night in a shooting, stabbing, chain-swinging gang fight at the Rancho Drive-In Theater, Grand and Northern. Twelve sheriffs cars and available police from Glendale answered the riot call".

Fortunately, a few days later, the 14-year-old girl, an innocent bystander, was listed in satisfactory condition after having a bullet removed from her brain. 23 charges were later made against the teenagers involved in the riot, which turned out not to be spontaneous at all. The two rival gangs, from Glendale and Peoria, had come to the drive-in expecting a confrontation.

After July 27, 1959, the Rancho Drive-In, evidently with a tarnished reputation, was removed from the Nace Theatres listings and presumed closed.

Contributed by rpierce

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rivest266 on November 14, 2015 at 6:46 pm

April 24th, 1953 grand opening ad in photo section.

rivest266 on November 14, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Gang fight of 1959


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