West Drive-In

737 Kipling Street,
Lakewood, CO 80215

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Previously operated by: Wolfberg Theatres

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West Drive-In

The West Drive-In was a single screen accommodating 750 cars. It opened on July 17, 1948 with Errol Flynn in “The Adventures of Robin Hood” & Frances Langford in “All American Coed”. It was closed at the end of the 1986 season. It has been demolished and the site is used as a solar panel farm.

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Kenmore on April 16, 2019 at 4:21 pm

A 1963 aerial shows the original entrance to be closer to the one listed in the telephone directory. It has what looks like the standard ticket booth w/roof on that road.

By 1964, the creation of the cloverleaf had removed that entrance. So, the northern exit road became the new entrance.

There will always be a debate about whether the original entrance road, the last entrance road the drive-in had before closing, or the current address of the property is the “correct” one. I prefer the latter if only because the purpose of the address is to accurately identify the location as it is today. But I understand that others may see it differently.

DavidZornig on June 10, 2019 at 7:41 pm

Easter Sunrise Service 1949 print ad added courtesy Jon Reed.

davidcoppock on June 10, 2019 at 9:30 pm

This drive-in had the World premiere of the movie “Colarado Territory.

kennyjames on August 31, 2019 at 11:41 am

David – I have the premiere of Colorado Territory in my notes ! It played at the West from 6/3/49 until 6/9/49. Virginia Mayo made a personal appearance at the West on 6/3/49.

MichaelKilgore on November 18, 2019 at 11:50 am

Motion Picture Herald, June 21, 1947: “Denver Drive-In Corporation, just completing one drive-in here (the East in Aurora), has acquired land for another on west side of Denver.”

MichaelKilgore on July 23, 2020 at 11:43 am

The Grand Opening ad for the West “across from arms plant” on July 17, 1948 included “The Adventures of Robin Hood” with Errol Flynn, “All American Coed” with Frances Langford, “And All-Color Cartoon”.

kennyjames on September 10, 2020 at 9:45 am

I’ve put together a booking history for the West Drive-in, from 1948 up to 1978 so far, in case anyone might like to know when a particular movie played there. I’ll be happy to share my research with you. Take care – Ken Mitchell ()

rivest266 on April 3, 2024 at 4:04 pm

Opened on July 17th, 1948 along with the Motorena Drive-In in Westminster. Grand opening ad posted.

Kenmore on April 5, 2024 at 8:33 am

The property today is the home of a solar panel farm.

rivest266 on April 7, 2024 at 11:34 pm

Last season: 1986

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