Silver Dollar 3 Drive-In

5310 San Mateo Boulevard NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87109

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Previous Names: Silver Dollar Twin Drive-In

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Silver Dollar 3 Drive-In

The Silver Dollar Twin Drive-In opened November 6, 1963 with Victor Mature in “The Big Circus”. Judging from vintage photos it appears that this was quite a large theatre. Styling was of clean line Modern. On September 24, 1975 it was tripled. It was closed in 1983.

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jwmovies on November 26, 2012 at 11:54 am

Address above is incorrect. The entrance (still in use) is further south @ 5400. The business park to the east of this is where the drive-in stood.

Rickwest on March 29, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Sorry to disapoint you. But that Marquee is Not the Silver Dollar Drive In. On San Mateo Albuq.NM. My dad was the Gen. Mgr. of the Terrace, Wyoming, Duke City,Tesque, and Silver Dollar drive in’s, from 1963-1975. I worked at all 5 drive ins.

flickerfly on July 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm

The Albuquerque Silver Dollar drive-in marquee was 14 feet above the ground and had platforms to stand on to change it. Unless they raised it after that photo was taken. I changed it many times but also left it for Rick West to change if I didn’t get off work till after 3:00 AM.

Dan Rushing

rivest266 on June 11, 2016 at 5:27 pm

This opened on November 6th, 1963. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section.

rivest266 on June 12, 2016 at 2:27 pm

September 24th, 1975 grand opening as a 3-screen drive-in also in photo section.

davidcoppock on October 12, 2019 at 4:52 am

Opened on 6/11/1963 with “The big circus”. The opening night was free admission. Opened on 24/9/1975 on screen 1 with “Dirty Mary, crazy Larry” and “The hot rock”, screen 2 with “The Great Gatsby”, and screen 3 with “Murder on the Orient Express”.

davidcoppock on November 28, 2020 at 12:58 am

The site(now demolished completly?) is a car dealership(Fiat of Albuquerque).

kennerado on June 8, 2021 at 12:35 am

Closed in 1983, Oak Tree Apartments now occupies the site.

MichaelKilgore on April 14, 2022 at 5:37 pm

I couldn’t find any Silver Dollar ads in the Albuquerque Journal after Sept. 2, 1980. Spot checks in the summer of 1981 turned up nothing.

Albuquerque Tribune, Sept. 16, 1982: “The former Silver Dollar Drive-In movie theater off San Mateo Boulevard N. E. is on its way to becoming a high-rise apartment complex.”

Kenmore on April 14, 2022 at 8:03 pm

A closer address is 5310 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM.

The Villas at La Privada currently occupy the site of the drive-in. The old entrance/exit road is now used as the entrance/exit for the Villas.

The marquee for the Villas is located in almost the exact same spot as the marquee for the old drive-in. But given how new the foundation appears, it is not the same.

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