1979 saw the last (drive-in) picture show in Glenwood
Frontier Historical Museum
Glenwood Springs became part of the drive-in theater craze in 1950. That August, manager Dan Cornwall oversaw construction of the community’s first and only drive-in theater.
Located approximately two miles west of Glenwood Springs on Highway 6 and 24, it was named the Canyon Drive-In.
The Canyon Drive-In was state-of-the-art in every way. Its site allowed parking for 325 automobiles. New Simplex projectors cast a flawless movie image upon a 50-foot movie screen, while modern speakers provided the dialogue to each car. “Moon-Glo” lights gently illuminated the site without affecting the visibility of the movie.
For children’s entertainment, a fully equipped playground was constructed on the drive-in site. A concession stand, offering everything from hot dogs to popcorn, sodas to ice cream, provided a convenient meal before and during the movie.
On September 12, 1950, the Canyon Drive-In welcomed guests to the showing of its first movie, “Good Humor Man.” For the following three decades, whether the movies were much-awaited releases, or minor B -films, a fun night of entertainment could always be found at the drive-in.
The final movie at the Canyon Drive-In was shown on Sept. 10, 1979. Today, the Glenwood Springs Mall stands on the site of the Canyon Drive-In theater, the “Scenic Theater of the Rockies.”
“Frontier Diary” is provided to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, located at 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. The museum’s winter hours are 1-4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, call 945-4448.
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