Varsity Drive-In

42501 U.S. 70,
Portales, NM 88130

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The Varsity Drive-In sat on the NE side of the town and was opened prior to 1955 when it was operated by R.I. Payne of Frontier Theatres out of Dallas, TX. Later operated by Commonwealth Theatres, it ran through the late-1970’s. However, at some later point was closed and demolished.

Today, the property is an empty field with no trace of the drive-in remaining.

Contributed by Ken McElhaney

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NYozoner on December 23, 2016 at 3:20 am

There were two drive-ins in Portales, both of them on US-70. One was southwest of town, the other was northeast of town. It is not clear which one was the Varsity, or what the name of the other drive-in was. Both drive-ins appear on topo maps from 1958 to 1976. Maybe someone local to the area can offer some more information.

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