New Frontier Drive-In

111 E. Road 11 N,
Center, CO 81125

320 cars

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Previous Names: Frontier Drive-In

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New Frontier Drive In - Center CO

The Frontier Drive-In was opened on May 14, 1955 with Edmond O'Brien in “Warpath”. It was operated by Herbert Gumper. It was closed around 1985. Still standing completely intact as of March, 2014.

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NYozoner on December 30, 2016 at 11:36 pm

US 285 at E Rd 11 N
Center, CO 81125

kpdennis on August 13, 2017 at 10:25 pm

Stumbled across the ruins of the New Frontier Drive In outside of of Center, Colorado while cruising the highway – new pictures in the Photo section. Wonder who got the marquee? No sign of it on the grounds.

davidcoppock on August 14, 2017 at 5:35 am

Wonder if it showed any of the Star Trek movies? on August 20, 2018 at 10:03 am

The sign is being restored:

MichaelKilgore on August 20, 2018 at 3:00 pm

The International Motion Picture Almanac said in its 1978 edition that the “New Frontier” was run by E. Bohn, though Edwin Bohn’s obituary called it just the Frontier. Anyway, it fell off the IMPA drive-in list between the 1984 and 1986 editions, so that’s probably when it closed.

jwmovies on February 13, 2019 at 3:19 pm

A more accurate address for this theater is 101 E Rd 11 N, Center, CO 81125. This points directly to the drive in. Please update.

MichaelKilgore on July 30, 2019 at 11:25 am

The Frontier debuted in the 1956 edition of the Motion Picture Almanac series, listed as owned by Herbert Gumper. It fell off the MPA list in 1985.

MichaelKilgore on July 30, 2019 at 12:16 pm

“Herbert Gumper, Frontier Drive-In, Center, Colo., and the Roundup Drive-In, La Jara, Colo., died of a heart attack. The 54-year-old theatre man is survived by his wife, a son, and three grandchildren.” —Motion Picture Exhibitor, Aug. 12, 1964

MichaelKilgore on September 22, 2019 at 9:00 pm

The Frontier Drive-In held its grand opening on Saturday, May 14, 1955, based on a front-page story in the previous day’s issue of the Monte Vista Journal. Admission was free for the opening, which featured the movie “Warpath”.

The drive-in was described “eleven miles north of Monte Vista on the Gunbarrel,” the locals' name for US 285, which has no curves in that stretch. It was owned by Herb and Theta Gumpers, who also owned the Center Theatre, the La Jara Theatre, and the Round-Up Drive-In in La Jara.

“Gumpers has constructed the theatre screen and installations himself.” The screen was 44x80 feet, and the lot held 320 cars. Walter Nichols was the manager.

DavidZornig on August 6, 2021 at 9:08 am

New development on the land includes the restored Frontier Drive-In sign.

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