Palms Drive-In

Old Ladder Ranch Road and NM-187,
Williamsburg, NM 87942

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Palms Drive-In

On June 9, 1951, Boxoffice wrote, “Oscar Cornwall has secured a permit to continue his drive-in at Truth or Consquences, N.M. … (he is) building the 400-car $60,000 Palms Drive-In. He hopes to open it this month.”

A drive-in was about two miles south of town at the southwest corner of what was then US 85, now State Highway 187, and Old Ladder Ranch Road. The closest municipality is the village of Williamsburg.

The 1955 Motion Picture Almanac listed the Palms Drive-In with a capacity of 350 cars, owner J. O. Comwell.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore

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MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on December 18, 2019 at 8:22 am

Yet another spelling of the owner’s name, and a city name that’s nowhere near his drive-in, in this note in the Aug. 18, 1951 issue of Boxoffice: “The new drive-in at Hot Springs, N. M. is near completion. Called the Palms, it is owned by Oscar Conwell, who had hoped to open by July 4th.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on May 5, 2020 at 4:57 am

More evidence that the Palms opened: An ad in the July 27, 1952 Denver Post for the re-release of King Kong said that it would be playing at the Palms in Truth or Consequences on Aug. 22.

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