Desert Drive-In

240 W. Cottonwood Lane,
Casa Grande, AZ 85122

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Previously operated by: Long Theaters

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The Desert Drive-In was opened with a ‘soft launch’ on March 14, 1952, screening Eddie Albert in “The Dude Goes West” and Eddie Foy Jr. in “Country Fair”. It was operated by Long Enterprises Inc.

It had it official Grand Opening on June 27, 1952 when it screened Bill Williams in “Blue Blood”. It was still open in 1969 but had closed by 1983.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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kennerado on November 26, 2019 at 6:15 am

Looks like it was closed by 1963, it appears derelict in an aerial photo from that year.

MichaelKilgore on March 31, 2024 at 5:45 pm

The “Paramount & Desert Drive-In Theaters” advertised in the 1967 and 1969 editions of the Casa Grande Union High School yearbook, the Cougar.

A 1983 aerial photo showed the Desert still intact, but it had been split into two parcels by 1996. The west side is now the building and parking area for 240 W. Cottonwood Lane; the east (which included the screen) is the RV and boat storage lot at 140 W. Cottonwood Lane.

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