Round-Up Drive-In

6603 E. Thomas Road,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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Previously operated by: Harry L. Nace Theatres

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Round-Up Drive-In

The Round-Up Drive-In was opened on November 4, 1955 by local businessman, Malcolm White. Mr. White originally opened Scottsdale’s first movie theatre, the Tee-Bar-Tee Theatre in 1948, which became the Kiva Theatre in 1955.

According to the Scottsdale Progress, the Round-Up had a 740-car capacity, which could be expanded to 1,000 if needed. The opening double bill was Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in “You’re Never Too Young” and John Payne in “Santa Fe Passage". It was expanded to 972-car capacity in June 1964.

The Round-Up Drive-In, whose landmark was a 30-foot cowboy holding a lasso. It was closed on February 24, 1980.

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Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

rivest266 on November 14, 2015 at 6:51 pm

November 4th, 1955 grand opening ad in photo section.

davidcoppock on November 9, 2018 at 7:49 am

The site is now The Sycamore at Scottsdale Apartments.

MichaelKilgore on January 13, 2020 at 8:43 pm

Boxoffice, July 28, 1956: “Harry L. Nace, head of the Harry L. Nace Theatres, has bought the interest of Malcolm White, mayor of Scottsdale, in the Valley Theatre Corp. there. … The purchase makes his the sole owner of the two Scottsdale theatres, the Roundup and the Kiva. … The Roundup, a drive-in, will be expanded with 150 stadium-type seats being installed for walk-in patrons, and 270 new automobile speakers added.”

davidcoppock on October 16, 2020 at 10:09 am

Opened on 4/11/1955 with “You’re never too young” and ‘Santa Fe Passage".

jtdroze on May 3, 2022 at 10:37 am

The Round-Up drive-in theater opened on Friday, November 4, 1955. The last advertisement for the Round-Up drive-in theater appeared in the February 24, 1980 edition of the Arizona Republic newspaper.

davidcoppock on September 7, 2022 at 11:35 am

Does the 30-foot cowboy holding a lasso still survive?

MichaelKilgore on March 31, 2024 at 4:22 pm

Boxoffice, June 29, 1964: “The Roundup Drive-In, part of the Foreman-Nace chain, has added two car ramps and now has a 972-car capacity, compared to the original 740. Boxoffices were added to handle the larger crowds, snack bar space was doubled, and additional restrooms were provided. The Roundup is managed by Virgil Rowe”

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