Apache Drive-In

1600 E. Benson Highway,
Tucson, AZ 85714

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Apache Drive-In

The Apache Drive-In opened on May 12, 1955. Opening night double feature was “Seven Angry Men” and “Santa Fe Passage”. Car capacity was 1,200. In July 1974 two move screens was added. The Apache Drive-In closed in 1994 and was demolished the following year.

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kencmcintyre on June 16, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Here is a November 1972 ad from the Tucson Daily Citizen:

rivest266 on January 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Aerial photos starting in 1958 at
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Tucsonman on August 13, 2014 at 9:49 am

Here’s the grand opening ad:http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:BuSbG3wV5pEJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/tucson/tucson-daily-citizen/1955/05-12/page-10+&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca

rivest266 on October 20, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Tucsonman’s ad is now gone, therefore I reuploaded it in the photo section as well as the ad for the 3-plex from July 19th, 1974.

MichaelKilgore on December 1, 2019 at 2:59 pm

Boxoffice, Aug. 5, 1974: “The Apache Triplex, the new three-screen version of the 20-year-old Apache Drive-In, was opened July 16 with a benefit showing of "The Great Gatsby,” “American Graffiti” and “The Mysterious Island of Captain Nemo.” … The capacity of the restructured drive-in is 1,200 cars, in contrast with the former 1,000 car capacity for the one-screen operation. There are now two smaller theatres, with 30x60-foot screens, and a third larger area with a 60x110-foot screen. … The late Harry Agron built the original Apache Drive-In and opened it in 1951. After five years, he closed half of the theatre and continued to operate the other half until 1966, when he sold the drive-in to the Cactus Corp. After operating it for five years, Cactus rebuilt the airer to its 1,000-car capacity in 1971."

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