Kit Carson Drive-In

926 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur,
Taos, NM 87571

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Kit Carson Drive-In

The Kit Carson Drive-In sat on the SE side of the town. It was open in May 1956 and in March 1970 it was taken over by Dollison Theatres. It operated until at least 1998. However, it was later closed and demolished.

Today, a Wal-Mart sits on the property with no traces of the drive-in left.

Contributed by Ken McElhaney

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MichaelKilgore on May 27, 2019 at 6:58 pm

From the April 28, 1956 Motion Picture Herald:

H. F. Taylor is building a 300-car drive-in at Taos, N. M., for a May 10 opening. Arch Boardman is doing the booking and buying.

Followed by the June 1, 1956 Motion Picture Herald:

H. Ford Taylor has opened his new 247-car Kit Carson drive-in, Taos, N. M.

MichaelKilgore on January 17, 2020 at 1:57 pm

Boxoffice, Aug. 10, 1957: “A bolt of lightning ripped through the Kit Carson drive-in, Taos, N. M., digging a ditch up to three feet deep across the ozoner. The storm took place in the afternoon. A bulldozer was utilized to put the ramps back in shape for the show at night.”

MichaelKilgore on February 7, 2020 at 12:37 pm

Boxoffice, July 2, 1962: “William Beutler is taking over operation of the Kit Carson Drive-In from the former operator, H. F. Taylor.”

Boxoffice, May 18, 1964: “The screen tower of the Kit Carson Drive-In, Taos, N.M., was blown down and owner William Beutler expects to have a new screen installed within a few weeks”

MichaelKilgore on February 10, 2020 at 2:54 pm

Boxoffice, April 20, 1970: “The Kit Carson Drive-In … was acquired in mid-March by Dollison Theatres, it was announced by president Les Dollison. … He said company policy dictates that X-rated movies not be shown on weekends, traditionally "family night” in his theatres."

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