North Drive-In

2595 W. 72nd Avenue,
Westminster, CO 80030

600 cars

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Previously operated by: Wolfberg Theatres

Previous Names: Motorena Drive-In, North Motorena Drive-In

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North Drive-In

Located on W. 72 Avenue in Westminster to the north of Denver, CO. The Motorena Drive-In was opened on July 17, 1948 with Betty Grable in “Mother Wore Tights”. It had a 600 car capacity. On September 9, 1948 it was renamed North Montorena Drive-In. It later became the North Drive-In

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jwmovies on October 28, 2012 at 1:45 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2511 West 72nd Avenue, Westminster, CO 80330. Now Skyline Vista Park.

kenmitchell007 on October 26, 2013 at 1:25 am

actually, the drive-in was first called the motorena when it opened 7/17/48. john wolfberg (compass drive-ins) bought the facility, changing the name to the north motorena on 9/1/48. eventually, the name was shortened to simply the north. —– ken mitchell, denverareadriveintheatresus.

kennyjames on June 26, 2018 at 3:21 pm

the North name was made official on 3/24/49. i’m putting together a series of books on the Denver area’s drive-in theatres and indoor cinemas. If anyone has questions on the subject, I’d be happy to share my research with you. Thanks – Ken Mitchell

MichaelKilgore on April 12, 2019 at 11:35 am

The address that jwmovies is close; today Google Maps lists the address of Skyline Vista Park as 2595 W 72nd Ave, Westminster, just across the street from Denver. Historic Aerials photos verify that as the site of the North.

MichaelKilgore on July 27, 2019 at 5:05 pm

“DENVER – The new 800-car Motorena Drive-In in north Denver, built by Carvue Theatres, Inc., has been opened. David Samuels is manager. A feature of the new amusement center is an artesian well from which patrons may obtain drinking water for home use.” —Box Office, July 17, 1948

“John Wolfberg, president of Wolfberg Theatres, announces the purchase of the Motorena Drive-In in north Denver, Colo. from Carvue Theatres, a Salt Lake City corporation. The purchase price was reported in excess of $200,000. Improvements planned for the ozoner include a playground for children and a free bottle-warming service. Mickey Gross is city manager for the circuit.” —BoxOffice, Oct. 9, 1948

MichaelKilgore on November 19, 2019 at 7:19 pm

Motion Picture Herald, July 10, 1948: “The Carvue Theatres, Inc., are building a 750-car, $150,000 drive-in north of Denver to open soon.”

MichaelKilgore on July 23, 2020 at 1:50 pm

The Motorena held its Grand Opening on July 17, 1948, tied for the second Denver-area drive-in with Lakewood’s West. Its first program was just “Mother Wore Tights” with Betty Grable “Plus: Color Cartoons”.

kennyjames on September 10, 2020 at 11:46 am

I’ve put together a booking history for the North (Motorena) Drive-in, from 1948 up to 1978 so far, in case anyone might like to know when a particular movie played there. I’ll be happy to share my research with you. Take care – Ken Mitchell ()

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