85 Drive-In

1421 S. 2nd Street,
Raton, NM 87740

350 cars

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Previously operated by: Gibraltar Enterprises Inc., Theatre Enterprises Inc.

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85 Drive-In

The 85 Drive-In was open on June 15 1948 with a car capacity listed at 350. The drive-in closed in 2004. It was operated by Gibraltar Enterprises until 1961 and then by Theatre Enterprises until its closing.

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jwmovies
jwmovies on October 20, 2014 at 11:53 pm

The above address is incorrect.

The address for this drive-in was 1421 S 2nd St.

The drive-in was located at the east end of what is now Kearney Ave.

Please update.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on October 21, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Display ads list the address at 1391 2nd Street, if you map it at this address you can still see the ramps next to the KOA Campground.

SethG
SethG on July 27, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Ramps aren’t near the KOA, they are behind the abandoned gas station and junkyard to the south, on the other side of the street. It’s odd they listed a 2nd St address, since the theater was well off of that street, with the entrance off Kearney. At least in the satellite view, the projection/concession building is still there.

Kenmore
Kenmore on July 5, 2018 at 1:22 pm

It appears that the projection booth/concession stand no longer exists and only the concrete foundation remains. A 2012 Google street view from US HWY 85 which runs along the east side of the property shows nothing is standing.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on December 10, 2019 at 8:47 pm

Boxoffice, May 7, 1949: “Floyd Davis sr. and Nat Jones will open their new 85 Drive-In, at Raton, N. M., about June 1. The airer will accommodate 340 cars”

Boxoffice, June 25, 1949: “Floyd Davis and Nat Jones have opened their new No. 85 Drive-In at Raton, N. M., a 350-car $60,000 job.”

Boxoffice, Sept. 23, 1950: “RATON, N. M. – The 85 Drive-In here has been purchased by Hubbard & Murphy, Inc., from J. E. Oliver who built the house more than one year ago.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on September 10, 2020 at 9:04 am

One more Boxoffice mention, accurate in everything except the dateline city.

Boxoffice, April 16, 1949: “SPRINGFIELD, COLO. – Work has begun on a 400-car drive-in on a ten-acre plot of ground three blocks east of Highway 85, just north of Eagle Tail airport. The theatre will be operated by Floyd Davis and Nat Jones, local business men. Plans are for a 50x60 foot screen at the north end of the grounds and a two-story combination refreshment center and projection booth. Facilities for expansion to 500 cars will be allowed, the owners said.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on September 4, 2022 at 12:25 pm

Digging through some notes, I noticed that Floyd Davis was from Springfield, so that explains why the 85 project was listed with a Springfield, Colorado dateline.

And I found a mention of the exact opening date. Boxoffice, Dec. 3, 1949: “RATON, N. M. - J. E. Oliver, owner of the Plaza Food store, has purchased the 85 Drive-In here from Floyd W. Davis of Springfield, Colo., and Nat Jones of Abernathy, Tex. The theatre opened last June 15.”

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