Route 54 Drive-In

US-54 and Boer Road,
Tularosa, NM 88352

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MichaelKilgore on May 25, 2022 at 11:39 am

Over several months, I posted some notes about the Jet in Truth or Consequences here in the entry for Tularosa’s Jet Drive-In. Sorry about that. I’ve removed the bad ones, and here are the remaining relevant notes:

Motion Picture Exhibitor, Jan. 16, 1963: “The Bijou, Muse-U, and Jet Drive-In have changed hands. Juan G. and Jose G. Contreras are the new owners. Ed S. Turned has owned the houses for 18 years.”

Boxoffice, March 8, 1965: “The Jet Drive-In and the Muse-U, both located in Tularosa, N.M., have been acquired by Cliff and Susan Reed of New York City. Purchase was made from the Otero County State Bank of New Mexico and extensive remodeling and alterations are being completed prior to reopening”

Also, it appears that the Jet was renamed the Route 54 before it closed. The 1966 Motion Picture Almanac included the Route 54, owner “R & R Dist.,” capacity 250. On April 9, 1967, the Route 54 “North of Tularosa” advertised its “Gala Re-Opening Show” in the Alamogordo Daily News.