Sunset Drive-In

601 E. Stuart Street,
Fort Collins, CO 80525

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Sunset Drive-In

The Sunset Drive-In was opened on October 5, 1948 with June Haver in “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now”. It had a car count of 520. No date for the closing, but the area is now a park.

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on December 22, 2013 at 6:11 am

The address would be E. Stuart St. & Indian Hills Circle it is now housing.

cc44 on December 22, 2013 at 11:42 pm

I believe the address your listing if for the Foothills Drive-In, the same as the map you have posted. The Sunset was located three blocks off of 287 on Matthews which is now Spring Creek Park.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on December 23, 2013 at 5:26 am

Here is what I have found: In looking at my information there was an only two drive-in theatres in Fort Collins. There is the Sunset and the Holiday (which is open and listed on CT). No Foothills Drive-In is listed. In looking at TOPO maps it does not show a drive-in theatre at the park location. But it shows one beside it. In looking at the Rivest theatre site he does have an aerial picture on the drive-in that I have the TOPO map of. Rivest has the Sunset listed at 1800 Matthews St as the address. I don’t think that is the correct address. You have to remember over the years that some addresses have changed. This is my thinking. CC44 do you live in the area? It would be a good research project at the local library.

cc44 on December 23, 2013 at 8:24 am

I don’t know what the rivest site is, but display ads for the Sunset Drive-In in the Coloradoan list the Sunset Drive-in at 1800 Matthews. And yes Fort Collins did have a third drive-in listed in the display ads.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on December 23, 2013 at 8:32 am some research and submit it to CT. Post some of the drive-in movie ads.

Here is Rivest

schulzbj on June 23, 2016 at 11:38 am

From the Coloradoan – 1 Apr 2016:

“Fort Collins' drive-in history:

The Fort Collins area had, at one point, three drive-in movie theaters. In the mid-1960s, the Pines Drive-in opened south of Fort Collins on the west side of Highway 287 near County Road 30. It closed in the mid-1980s. The Holiday Twin Drive-In opened as The Starlight in 1968 and The Sunset Drive-In used to be located on Stuart Street near Indian Hills Circle."

Link to full article:

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on October 29, 2018 at 1:51 pm

The address as cited in a 6/5/1978 article in the Fort Collins Coloradoan gives the address as 601 E Stuart Ave.

davidcoppock on September 1, 2019 at 12:04 am

Also opened with a “Bugs Bunny colour cartoon(not named?)” And “Power to the nation”.

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