Corral Drive-In

2519 W. Pierce Street,
Carlsbad, NM 88220

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Previously operated by: Frontier Theatres

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Corral Drive-In

Bill and Ray Bartlett opened the Corral Drive-In in 1952, after they closed the downtown Corral Theatre. According to a 2008 Current-Argus article, the drive-in was short lived and the Bartletts closed it in 1955. Not to be confused with another Corral Drive-In which opened by 1949 and continued to operate until at least 1957.

It was also noted that it was located in front of where Mexico State University is today. In 2011 Lowe’s Home Improvement opened on the site.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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MichaelKilgore on December 23, 2019 at 6:09 pm

Looks like the Corral opened in 1952. Boxoffice, Jan. 26, 1952: CARLSBAD, N. M. – Work began last week on Theatre Enterprise’s new drive-in on the north highway. Completion may be expected as early as April if materials can be secured and if good weather continues, Bill Bartlett, city supervisor for the theatre chain, said. When finished, the theatre, tentatively named the Corral, will handle about 400 cars. It is located on the north edge of the city limits diagonally opposite the old CCC camp and about one-half mile beyond the Legion Hut."

MichaelKilgore on February 2, 2021 at 3:48 am

On May 10, 1998, the Alamogordo Daily News ran an Associated Press story about Carlsbad’s Fiesta Drive-In in particular and the history of New Mexico’s drive-ins in general. One relevant quote: “Although many people in Carlsbad only remember the Big Sky and Fiesta Drive-Ins, there was another here for a short time. The Corral Drive-In opened in 1952 and closed two years later.”

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