Trail Drive-In

U.S. 87 and Br. Michael Jenkins Road,
Clayton, NM 88415

Unfavorite 1 person favorited this theater

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Gibraltar Enterprises Inc.

Nearby Theaters

Trail Drive-In

I located a drive in theater southeast of Clayton, NM on Highway 87 near CR A028. This one could have been the Trail Drive-In which was opened in 1950, and was operated by Murphy Theatres of Raton, NM. By 1957 it was operated by Gibraltar Enterprises Inc. It has been closed for a long time but is still visible on aerial maps.

In spring of 2021, Jacqueline V. Padilla, daughter of a previous manager of the drive-in, purchased the 13-acre site with a view to leasing the site.

Contributed by Brian Blakley

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

CSWalczak on September 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm

There are several pictures of the remains of the Trail Drive-in taken from 2002-2011 on its gallery page at

jwmovies on December 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Approx. location for this drive-in was about 2 blocks west of U.S. 87 & Bell.

MichaelKilgore on February 10, 2019 at 4:28 pm

The ticket booth, ramps and concession building are still clearly visible on Google Earth as I type.

The drive-in shows up on the 1973 topo map at Historic Aerials. It looks active from the 1969 aerial photo, and the screen is still there in 1997. It’s still on the 2001 topo map, but by the 2005 aerial photo, the screen is gone.

Kenmore on February 21, 2019 at 6:54 am

A closer address is US-87 & Dr Michael Jenkins Rd, New Mexico 88415.

The drive-in sits about ½ mile west of the intersection on the north side of the highway. The aerial photo shows the entrance, outline, ramps, concession stand, and screen which is laying down.

MichaelKilgore on December 5, 2019 at 8:49 am

Boxoffice, Jan. 7, 1950: “CLAYTON, N. M. – Construction of a drive-in will be started here this spring by Hubbard & Murphy Theatres, Inc., which operates indoor houses here and in Raton and Alamosa, N. M., and Del Norte, Colo.”

dansdriveintheater on March 30, 2021 at 11:48 am

the marquee is also laying on the ground!

MichaelKilgore on October 9, 2021 at 6:56 pm

Motion Picture Herald, July 5, 1952: “Tom Murphy has opened his new 330-car drive-in, the Trail, at Clayton, N. M., it is being managed by his brother, William Murphy.”

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.