West Drive-In

737 Kipling Street,
Lakewood, CO 80215

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rivest266 on April 8, 2024 at 2:34 am

Last season: 1986

Kenmore on April 5, 2024 at 11:33 am

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

rivest266 on April 3, 2024 at 7:04 pm

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

kennyjames on September 10, 2020 at 12:45 pm

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 ()

MichaelKilgore on July 23, 2020 at 2:43 pm

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”.

MichaelKilgore on November 18, 2019 at 2:50 pm

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.”

kennyjames on August 31, 2019 at 2:41 pm

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.

davidcoppock on June 11, 2019 at 12:30 am

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

DavidZornig on June 10, 2019 at 10:41 pm

Easter Sunrise Service 1949 print ad added courtesy Jon Reed.

Kenmore on April 16, 2019 at 7:21 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.

MichaelKilgore on April 16, 2019 at 12:51 pm

I agree that 737 is a much better choice for marking the entrance. My guess about its historic address: The West occupied everything between 6th and 8th avenues. Since it could choose its address anywhere in-between, it wanted an association with the better-known artery of 6th Avenue rather than 8th, a simple side street.

I was there this morning, and the driveway from the 6th Avenue outer road is as well-preserved as the Kipling driveway, but old aerial photos show that when the West began, its only connections were to Kipling. The outer road driveway was apparently added in the 1980s or 1990s.

kennyjames on June 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm

The telephone directories always listed the West drive-in’s address as 601 Kipling. I vote for 737, it makes more sense ! :) Strangely, a few years after the West closed, its screen was set on fire on 7/17/89 – the 41st anniversary of their opening night ! If anybody has questions about the Denver area’s drive-ins or indoor theatres, I am putting together a series of books on the subject. I’d be happy to share my research with you. Thanks ! – Ken Mitchell

MichaelKilgore on July 13, 2017 at 2:07 pm

I drove past it earlier this week, and the speaker poles are still there.

jwmovies on October 15, 2016 at 5:49 am

The address for this drive in was actually 737 Kipling.

The address given above is incorrect. The entrance is closer to 8th than 6th. The newer address points directly to the Drive-in entrance.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on April 6, 2015 at 2:02 am

Was a Compass Drive-In Theatres/Wolfberg Theatres of Denver location at one point. They should be added as a previous operator.

kenmitchell007 on October 26, 2013 at 3:14 am

the west drive-in opened 7/17/48. – ken mitchell denverareadriveintheatresus

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

It ran under the West Drive-in Theatre Corp. in 1956.