Fiesta Drive-In

13800 Montana Avenue,
El Paso, TX 79938

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rivest266 on April 15, 2023 at 11:58 am

This became the last adult drive-in in America since the Apache Drive-In at Tyler closed on March 9, 2023.

davidcoppock on November 27, 2022 at 4:53 am

Opened on 9th October 1981 with ‘Little girls blue" and “Intimate illusions”.

davidcoppock on November 27, 2022 at 4:51 am

Originally opened on 7th February 1950 with 2 color cartoons(not named?) and “Paleface”.

rivest266 on July 1, 2018 at 11:40 pm

This opened on October 9th, 1981. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

davidcoppock on July 28, 2017 at 5:15 am

Whats the Grandfather Law?

MichaelKilgore on January 29, 2017 at 8:47 pm

In a 2015 article in the UTEP student newspaper, The Prospector, the Fiesta manager says it “has two motion picture screens with a maximum capacity for 500 cars.” Looking at Google Earth images, I can’t find a second screen.

(Sorry that I first entered this as a comment on a particular photo. I’ll learn.)

KenLayton on July 13, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Did this theater do enough business to warrant the conversion to video projectors?

Mariusz on July 13, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Wow. Digital Projection, huh? Man, they are moving up in the world. Nice!

ponchito1933 on July 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I am pleased to report that the Fiesta Theater, currently an outdoor movie theater showing porn, has converted to digital projection.

Driveintheatre2001 on January 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Just to Note — Back in 1999 I talked to the owner(s). I was told ‘this’ Drive In opened as a Rated “X” Drive In. There’s a Mobile Home park next door to the Drive In. I ask if there were any complaints & I was told the Drive In is protected by the “Grandfather” Law as it was there before the M.H.Park & the M.H.Park & its' occupants could not do a thing about the Drive In..

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 17, 2010 at 11:13 am

I really don’t know Mike.I am researching out of a 1956 Motion Picture Almanac. I try and add whatever I can out of the book,And Boy does Texas have a lot of Drive-ins.

TLSLOEWS on May 16, 2010 at 11:33 am

Thanks Mike and Mike.

rivest266 on May 15, 2010 at 11:14 am

MikeRogers, you must be talking about the Fiesta Drive-In on N. Mesa Road, which was opened 1950-1981.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 15, 2010 at 8:11 am

in 1956 it parked 400 cars and was owned by J.B.Beeson.

rivest266 on September 24, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Chuck 1231, You may want to read my document at View link the State is on page 2

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on September 13, 2009 at 11:20 pm

I lived there during that time, and the Fiesta on Mesa closed around the time the Fiesta opened on Montana. If memory serves me correctly, it was a move from Mesa Dr. to Montana. Just a simple marquee, and cheap screen.

BBE View

Mariusz on September 1, 2009 at 12:06 am

Cool flyers, Mike. You have one of The State. I used to go there too! It was literally across the street from The Capri. However, let it be known that The Capri was my favorite.

Thanks for this, man.

rivest266 on August 31, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Grand opening ad for the first Fiesta DI on February 7th, 1950 at View link

Mariusz on April 24, 2009 at 2:01 am

The Fiesta was (and is, presumably) quite unique. Growing up in El Paso, we kind of took it for granted, esp. ‘cos it’s way out of town. Almost outside the city. I went there once in high school with a bunch of people. We were just trying to explore the place. It turns out it’s not only a drive-in, but a porn shop as well! Bizarre. As for how and what kind of projection they run there, I’m sure it’s not digital I can tell you that much. That said, it’s one of the few (if not the only) drive-ins left in El Paso. If you’re ever there, check it out – just for historical purposes, of course.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on May 13, 2005 at 7:53 am

There used to be so many drive-ins in El Paso when I grew up there in the 60’s. The Fiesta used to be located on Mesa Drive back then, and it eventually moved to it’s current location out on Montana St. And yes, I have been there once…

BertrumKimball on January 25, 2005 at 7:57 pm

Why would anyone want to watch porno movies at a drive in when you can rent them and at watch at home.

RobertR on January 24, 2005 at 7:25 pm

How do they run movies on the screen? Is it video projection which I doubt would be bright enough? XXX films have not been produced for many years in 35mm. There was a porno drive-in theatre in Scranton PA till the late 90’s.