Mesa Drive-In

3 Co Road 5859,
Farmington, NM 87401

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The Mesa Drive-In had its Grand Opening on Tuesday, May 30, 1950, showing Susan Hayward in “Tulsa” and Bud Abbott & Lou Cosello in “The Noose Hangs High”. Frank Budai of Waterflow was the manager. Its address was described as four miles from Farmington on the Bloomfield Road. Aerial photos place it at 3 Co Road 5859, where Arrowhead Propane is now.

The Mesa Drive-In was listed in the Motion Picture Almanac series through the 1962 edition, but it appears to have closed before then. Its advertisements in the local paper appear to have stopped after the 1955 season, and a newspaper article in September 1961 already called it the “old” Mesa Drive-In.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore
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