Gone but not forgotten. Tucson's last surviving drive-in theater closed abruptly on October 3, 2009. The DeAnza Corporation announced it was closing only 3 days before.
It had been offered for sale every year since at least 1999 when a Denver man tried to buy it and run it as a drive-in theater.
The DeAnza folks just abandoned it and did very little maintenance and zero promotion so it had become very shabby. It still had a loyal clientele though, and depending on the movies, business could be brisk on weekends.
Vandals speeded up the demise by covering every inch of the buildings with graffiti. Plans were underway to use the property as a fundraiser for a new drive-in but in response to the neighborhood and police complaints, the development company leveled everything and fenced in the property in March 2010.
Hopefully some day soon, another will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes and Tucson can once again enjoy movies under the stars.
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