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Arizona got off to a late and modest start in the outdoor drive-in business. At the end of the 1940's, there were only five drive-ins operating in Arizona. But by the late 1950's, during the heyday of drive-in theaters, there were about 50 drive-in theaters operating in Arizona. Since that time, the number of operating drive-ins in the state has steadily declined and presently, there is only 1 remaining drive-in operating in Arizona.

Open Drive-ins

West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-in
5650 North 55th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85301

As Arizona's last operating drive-in, the West Wind Glendale Drive-in has 9 screens! Each shows a double feature each night year round. Audio is pro...more about West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-in

Permanantly Closed Drive-ins

Apache Drive-in
Us Highway 60
Globe , AZ 85501

The smallest of Arizona's drive-ins from the last few years, the Apache had a solo screen with a capacity for about 150 cars. It was a great value at...more about Apache Drive-in
Golden Valley Drive-in
Highway 68
Golden Valley, AZ 86413

The Golden Valley Drive-in was dead on arrival apparently. The owner started the project in 1999 to great fan fare. However, he then stopped developm...more about Golden Valley Drive-in
Scottsdale Drive-in
8101 East McKellips Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

The Scottsdale Drive-in movie theater opened in 1977 and was enormous with 6 screens. It was closed in 2011 and demolished around 2014. The surround...more about Scottsdale Drive-in
Apache Drive-in
1600 East Benson Highway
Tucson, AZ 85714

The Apache Drive-n theater had remained lit for 39 years before it was closed in 1994, and so joined 6 other drive-ins that had once flourished in the...more about Apache Drive-in
De Anza Drive-in
1401 South Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711

The De Anza was opened in 1977. Prior to that a drive-in at the same location named the Cactus Drive-in had been in operation since 1951. The De Anz...more about De Anza Drive-in
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