Pueblo Drive-In

131 Peak Pl,
Tesuque, NM 87506

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MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 14, 2019 at 3:29 pm

The Pueblo Drive-In that opened in June 1950 was on Native American land known as Tesuque, well north of downtown Santa Fe. Greer Enterprises essentially moved it to 3251 Cerrillos Road in May 1958, based on an April 13, 1958 note in The Santa Fe New Mexican: “The new location will provide room for 600 cars, compared with 400 in the old location”.

The story of the original Pueblo began in the Aug. 20, 1949 issue of BoxOffice:

“SANTA FE – E. John Greer, president of Salmon & Greer, Inc., owner of the Lensic, Alley, Arco and El Paseo theatres here, says Santa Fe will have a new 400-car drive-in, located on the Taos highway 6½ miles north of town, just outside Tesuque.

Arrangements were made to build on Indian land with the U.S. Indian agency, Greer said. Plans call for a playground for children with slides, wings, ponies and a miniature train to be used just before the first of two nightly shows.

The drive-in will be equipped with in-car speakers, concessions bar, moonlight lighting, surfaced ramps and a 50-foot screen. Construction will start immediately and the drive-in will serve Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Tesuque, Espanola and the Espanola valley."

A Feb. 22, 1950 note in The Santa Fe New Mexican said that John H. Veale of Las Cruces was “nearing completion of a drive-in theater for the Salmon and Greer firm at Tesuque”.

The New Mexican wrote on May 21, 1950 that “Quincy Tahoma will have a series of his paintings hung permanently is a candy store connected with the Pueblo Drive-In theater at Tesuque.”

A June 26, 1950 editorial in the New Mexican wrote, “The Pueblo at Tesuque, the community’s first drive-in, is a beautiful structure, approved by even the nature boys of Pojoaque and Nambe. A second drive-in, the Yucca on Cerrillos road, is scheduled to open in a few days equally handsome and well equipped.”

A 1952 aerial shows a drive-in at the Google Maps address of 131 Peak Pl, Santa Fe, NM 87506, though it’s well outside the Santa Fe city limits and about a mile northwest of Tesuque’s boundary.