Yucca Drive-In

2029 S. Prince Street,
Clovis, NM 88101

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Yucca Drive-In

Located on the south side of town. The Yucca Drive-In was opened July 16, 1948. It was operated by W.O. Bearden & Lloyd Franklin. It was still operating 1985.

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davidcoppock on November 28, 2018 at 7:22 am

400 cars. Site is now houses.

Kenmore on November 28, 2018 at 9:03 am

You can still see the outline, ramps, and the projector booth/concession stand is still present in a Google street view from 2013.

MichaelKilgore on September 19, 2019 at 6:29 am

Boxoffice, April 9, 1949: “CLOVIS, N. M. – Final papers were expected to be signed immediately for sale of the Yucca Drive-In here by owner Tom Griffing to Russell Hardwick.”

50sSNIPES on September 19, 2019 at 11:00 am

Yeah Everything Is Still Standing Except For The Screen And Sign. The Screen Wasn’t There In 1997.

MichaelKilgore on April 21, 2020 at 11:49 am

More names in Boxoffice, Aug. 21, 1948: “CLOVIS, N. M. – Three Plainview, Tex., men who built the new Yucca Drive-In near here have estimated the total cost of the ozoner at $60,000. The 400-car ozoner, which opened recently, was built and will be operated by John Sands, W. M. Goates and John Blocker.”

MichaelKilgore on February 2, 2021 at 3:12 pm

Clovis News-Journal, July 4, 1982, in a retrospective: “In 1954 (W.O. Bearden and Lloyd Franklin) bought the Yucca Drive-In on South Prince … in 1979 … The Yucca Drive-In, after 31 years, was closed and dismantled."

Clovis News-Journal, April 24, 2002, in an extended interview with 1-L Loyd Franklin: “In 1954, (Loyd and his partner) acquired the Yucca Drive-In on South Prince that had been built by John Blocker of Plainview, Texas.”

MichaelKilgore on November 10, 2021 at 2:23 pm

Gee whiz, the Yucca went through a lot of ownership changes in its first 12 months!

Boxoffice, Sept. 25, 1948: “John Blocker … built and opened the Yucca Drive-In this summer at Clovis, N. M., but sold out to Charles C. Wolf. Blocker has been in show business in Texas for a number of years. He once owned and operated the Texas in Abilene, then a night club at Lubbock and from there he went to Clovis.”

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