Fort Union Drive-In

3300 7th Street,
Las Vegas, NM 87701

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Fort Union Drive-In

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The Fort Union Drive-In is one of only a couple of drive-ins remaining in operation in New Mexico. In the late-1960’s, there were over 45 in the state.

Located to the north of East Las Vegas, it opened in the 1950’s, this single-screen outdoor theatre has parking for 350 cars. It operates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from May through September.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Here is a photo of the screen, with mural:
http://tinyurl.com/2f65w4x

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 23, 2010 at 8:39 am

Looks like they spent a lot of money on their marquee.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 23, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Could this Drive-in have been called the VEGAS DRIVE-in. Drive-in in that town in the 50’s,that parked 350 cars,just wonderning.

Mark_L
Mark_L on April 24, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Google maps is WAY off on this location. You can find the drive-in by using the address of 2878 7th Street, Las Vegas, NM 87701

I’m not claiming that this is the correct address, just that Google Maps finds the drive-in at that location.

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

All above roads lead to downtown! To map correctly, approx. address is New Mexico 518 & Pino Rd.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 28, 2014 at 8:01 pm

The Fort Uniion has made the conversion to digital projection but this was the story in 2013. ​​New technology requires that our theater undergoes an upgrade to digital equipment and projection room. Preserve one of two Drive-Ins left in NM Fort Union Drive-in Movie Theater Drive-In Theaters have been a part of the American fabric for decades. There are around 350 left in the nation and only two left in New Mexico. One is located in beautiful Historic Las Vegas, New Mexico. The Fort Union Drive-In was built in 1958 and has been a much loved summer tradition for Las Vegans both young and old. It was once referred to as the “Cadillac” of outdoor theaters because of our “State of the Art” film projectors. Today those projectors are becoming obsolete. Technological advances in the film industry are forcing Drive-In theaters across the country to switch from 35 mm Film to Digital Format as they are beginning to phase out 35 mm film prints in favor of digital. Like many other drive-ins across the United States, we are facing the pressing conversion to digital projectors. We are estimating that the total upgrade could cost upwards of $80,000. It is necessary to build a new, more efficient, climatized projection booth and our idea is to preserve the old projection room as a kind of museum. It houses two statuesque film projectors with original carbon arc lamphouses and the original tube amplifier and backup amplifier. A short film was made by Brennan Foster to historically document these lamphouses. This film took honorable mention at the Taos film festival in 2009. Movie buffs are generally pretty impressed with this projection room and probably in the future it would make a great set for a movie.The Fort Union Drive-In sits on nearly 7 acres on Highway 518 and could be used for a variety of outdoor events such as car shows, concerts, film location etc. There are a lot of possibilities and a lot of potential for all sorts of different venues. Our 35mm film projectors, which have been in use since the drive-in was built will be useless soon. If we are unable to make the necessary changes forced on us by the film companies, the Fort Union Drive-In will have no other choice but to shut down after this year.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm

They do have a facebook page Their address according to their facebook Page is 3300 7th St , Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701

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