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Apache Drive-in Theatre (Closed)
Globe, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Apache Drive-in Theatre of Globe, Arizona is an example of the recent fate of drive-in theaters throughout the country. Seemingly in decent shape, weeds on lot notwithstanding, the Apache sports its proud single-screen right next to the major highway.

 

UPDATE 07/13 : This (2013) is the last season for the Apache Drive-in. They plan to close the drive-in around Labor Day weekend, as they don't want to or plan to go digital. Many thanks to David Hughes for update. 07-13

UPDATE 10/13 : Here's the update for the Apache Drive In in Globe. The final weekend for the drive-in is Sept. 27 and 28th. they are planning a farewell party at the drive-in theatre on Saturday night. and playing American Graffiti for the last show forever. Many thanks to David Hughes for update. 10-13

 

For more, see Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures Feature on the Apache Drive-in Theatre.

 

 

The Apache Drive-in Theatre was one of the last of the many Tucson Drive-ins to close down. Starting off as a single-screener, it was made into a triple in 1977. One of the screens was then torn down in 1991 and the drive-in itself closed in 1994. The property now belongs to the sheriffs department and they recently built a huge records center on the former Apache site off of Benson Highway. Many thanks to George Cohn for photos and info.

 

Apache Drive-in Marquee (Demolished)
Tucson, AZ
Photo and info courtesy George Cohn

Apache Drive-in (Demolished)
Tucson, AZ
Photo and info courtesy George Cohn

 

 

Here are some shots of the Parker Drive-in Theatre in Parker, Arizona. The drive-in itself appears to have been closed down for quite some time. Check out the missing pieces on the screen tower and the slab that used to be the projection booth.

 

Parker Drive-in Theatre (Closed)
Parker, AZ
Photo courtesy Rob Svirskas

Close-up of the screen tower (Closed)
Parker, AZ
Photo courtesy Rob Svirskas

The remains of the projection booth (Closed)
Parker, AZ
Photo courtesy Rob Svirskas

The entrance in (Closed)
Parker, AZ
Photo courtesy Rob Svirskas

 

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