Northside Drive-In

3600 N. Cascade Avenue,
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

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Northside Drive-In

The Northside Drive-In was opened on May 26, 1950 with John Wayne in “Tycoon” & Terry Moore in “Mighty Joe Young”. The 1952 Theatre Catalog included the Northside Drive-In, capacity 400, owner Lee Th. Co.

The Motion Picture Almanac also listed the Northside Drive-In, capacity 350, through its final appearance in the 1965 edition. By the 1969 aerial photo, the screen was down though the ramp area was undeveloped.

Based on a note in the July 22, 1950 issue of BoxOffice, that was its first year. It reported that the “North Side” recently opened one block away from the greyhound track. The note said the drive-in could hold 400 cars. It was closed at the end of the 1961 season.

Nothing remains of the Northside Drive-In today; mobile home parks occupy the site.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore

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MichaelKilgore on January 20, 2020 at 9:10 am

Cy Lee and Paul Rothman built the Northside. In a May 13, 1950 note in Boxoffice, it was supposed to open with a week.

By the end of the year, Rothman had leased the Northside to D. C. Trester, effective Spring 1951. Then in June 1951, W. L. “Lloyd” Perry leased it from Rothman.

In January 1952, Kelso and Lem Lee bought a piece of the Northside and Starlight drive-ins from Rothman, then they completed the purchase just before they opened for the 1952 season in April. Lem Lee promised to add 350 seats for an indoor theater that fall.

In December 1954, Westland Theatres bought the Starlight and Northside from Lee Theatres. Westland continued to own the Northside as it advertised in 1960 newspapers, but by 1962, it had ceased advertising.

MichaelKilgore on July 20, 2020 at 12:01 pm

The Northside held its Gala Opening on Friday, May 26, 1950. Its opening program was “Tycoon” starring John Wayne and “Mighty Joe Young” plus “Always a Color Cartoon”. It advertised “Picnic tables for those who want to eat their picnic dinner and see the show” along with a “New Cafeteria Type Snack Bar.”

rivest266 on April 2, 2021 at 12:43 pm

Last season: 1961.

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