Canal Drive-In

3900 W. Tucumcari Boulevard,
Tucumcari, NM 88401

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Located on US 54 (W. Tucumcari Boulevard), it was located behind the old Shell service station. The Canal Drive-In was opened in 1951 by Milos Hurley. Last operated by Commonwealth Theatres, it closed in 1979. No trace of it remains!

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Kenmore on January 15, 2019 at 6:39 am

A closer address is 3900 US-54, Tucumcari, NM

A 1967 aerial photo shows the drive-in intact and possible open. It also appears on a 1971 topo map.

An abandoned Shell Gas Station sits on the property with no trace of the drive-in remaining.

davidcoppock on January 15, 2019 at 8:29 am

Was there a canal there?

Kenmore on January 16, 2019 at 1:23 pm

There is a canal that runs right by where the drive-in stood, so yes.

MichaelKilgore on April 3, 2019 at 9:29 am

Motion Picture Almanac drive-in list mentions:

  • 1951-66: capacity 400 and 250 seats, owner Miles Hurley
  • 1969-76: capacity 400 and 250 seats
  • 1977-79: capacity 400, owner Commonwealt (although the circuit entries for Commonwealth did not include any Tucumcari drive-ins)
  • 1980: off the list
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