Crawley's Drive-In

1848 W. 2nd Street,
Portales, NM 88130

200 cars

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Located in the southwest of town. The Crawley’s Drive-In was opened prior to 1955 when it was opened by Perry Crawley.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Kenmore on December 23, 2016 at 1:27 pm

A closer address (at least for Google) is 1848 W 2nd St, Portales, NM 88130. The drive-in sat on the SW side of the town.

Today, the Portales Valley Church of Christ sits on the site. However, you can still see some remnants of the ramps on the west and east side of the church.

MichaelKilgore on March 27, 2022 at 2:18 pm

Given that the Varsity was the drive-in on the southwest side of Portales, the remaining drive-in on the northeast side must have been Crawley’s. Its address should be 42497 US-70, Portales, NM.

MichaelKilgore on May 20, 2022 at 5:44 pm

Crawley’s appeared precisely once in the Theatre Catalog (1955-56 edition) and Motion Picture Almanac (1956). Both named Perry Crawley as the owner and the capacity at 200.

Going from experience, the Theatre Catalog listing suggests Crawley’s was open by early 1955. The MPA listing points to it still being around in early 1956, and its departure (in lieu of the Varsity) in 1957 suggests that it closed before the end of 1956.

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