Frontier Drive-Inn

111 E. Country Road 11 N,
Center, CO 81125

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Frontier Drive-Inn (Official)

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Functions: Hotel, Movies

Previous Names: Frontier Drive-In, New Frontier Drive-In

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New Frontier Drive In - Center CO

The Frontier Drive-In was opened on May 14, 1955 with Edmond O'Brien in “Warpath”. It was operated by Herbert Gumper and had a capacity for 320-cars. It was closed around 1985.

Still standing completely intact as of March, 2014. By 2022 it had reopened with additional buildings and operates as a hotel, and screens movies on the original 40ft wide screen at weekends.

Contributed by Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

MichaelKilgore on July 30, 2019 at 11:25 am

The Frontier debuted in the 1956 edition of the Motion Picture Almanac series, listed as owned by Herbert Gumper. It fell off the MPA list in 1985.

MichaelKilgore on July 30, 2019 at 12:16 pm

“Herbert Gumper, Frontier Drive-In, Center, Colo., and the Roundup Drive-In, La Jara, Colo., died of a heart attack. The 54-year-old theatre man is survived by his wife, a son, and three grandchildren.” —Motion Picture Exhibitor, Aug. 12, 1964

MichaelKilgore on September 22, 2019 at 9:00 pm

The Frontier Drive-In held its grand opening on Saturday, May 14, 1955, based on a front-page story in the previous day’s issue of the Monte Vista Journal. Admission was free for the opening, which featured the movie “Warpath”.

The drive-in was described “eleven miles north of Monte Vista on the Gunbarrel,” the locals' name for US 285, which has no curves in that stretch. It was owned by Herb and Theta Gumpers, who also owned the Center Theatre, the La Jara Theatre, and the Round-Up Drive-In in La Jara.

“Gumpers has constructed the theatre screen and installations himself.” The screen was 44x80 feet, and the lot held 320 cars. Walter Nichols was the manager.

DavidZornig on August 6, 2021 at 9:08 am

New development on the land includes the restored Frontier Drive-In sign.

Trolleyguy on August 27, 2022 at 8:23 pm

Planned reopening at the end of September. Frontier

kennerado on August 27, 2022 at 10:50 pm

New website is Now called “Frontier Drive-Inn” it has a mix of yurts and shed rooms that can be stayed overnight in, films can be watched from these rooms as well.

DavidZornig on August 28, 2022 at 8:43 am

Additional article about the same conversion, with 12 photos.

dansdriveintheater on December 18, 2022 at 11:50 pm

Nice!another reopened theatre

MichaelKilgore on January 5, 2023 at 7:42 am

Thanks for the link, DavidZornig! (Here’s the archived version in case it becomes unavailable at the Daily Record.) I had heard that the movies were only available to overnight visitors, but that article says it’s available to anyone for some weekend screenings. I’m planning my summer trip now! :)

Dave Lounder THE DRIVE-IN THEATRE PRESERVATION SOCIETY on May 27, 2023 at 10:01 pm

@DavidZornig - The marquee has been “restored?” Geez, if THAT’S restored, it must’ve been a shambles before!

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