Ball-O-Jak Drive-In

3104 S. Main Street,
Roswell, NM 88203

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theaters Corp., Frontier Theatres

Previous Names: BallOJak Drive-In

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Ball-O-Jak Drive-In

Located at S. Main Street at W. Jaffa Street. The BallOJak Drive-In was opened in 1951, when it was operated by R.I. Payne of Frontier Theatres Inc. of Dallas, TX.

The drive-in is seen on aerial photos from 1964, it was closed on September 20, 1970.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

dansdriveintheater on October 22, 2018 at 6:53 pm

the ramps are still there!

davidcoppock on October 23, 2018 at 3:35 am

Odd name!! Why the name Ball-O-Jak?

Kenmore on October 23, 2018 at 6:27 am

A 1961 aerial photo shows the drive-in to be intact and seemingly operating.

kennerado on June 7, 2021 at 7:18 pm

It was also called BallOJak without the dashes in the name.

50sSNIPES on October 31, 2021 at 6:25 am

Still in operation since 1967.

MichaelKilgore on June 2, 2022 at 3:36 pm

As kennerado noted, this drive-in consistently advertised from at least 1953 until it closed as the Ballojak (occasionally Ballojack) with no hyphens or spaces.

The Feb. 17, 1951 issue of Boxoffice included the Ballojak in a list of drive-ins under construction. The 1952 Theatre Catalog included the “Ballo Jak (sic?) D. I. Exec: R. I. Payne, Theatre Entrs., Inc., Tower Petroleum Bldg., Dallas, Tex. (500)” So it must have opened in 1951.

The final ad I could find in the Roswell Daily Record for the Ballojak, then owned by Commonwealth, was on Sept. 20, 1970.

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