Comet Drive-In

3030 W. Seventh Street,
Clovis, NM 88101

550 cars

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Comet Drive-In

The Comet Drive-In was located west of town at the southeast corner of W. 9th Street and Rio Street. It was opened on August 22, 1958 with Glenn Ford in"Don’t Go Near the Water" & Fred Astaire in “Silk Stockings”.

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Kenmore on November 4, 2017 at 11:34 am

Found It!

The drive-in sat on the SE corner of West 9th Street and Rio Street, Clovis, NM. On the west side of town.

Today, the property has been sectioned off for residential housing, but it remains an empty field with no trace of the drive-in remaining.

dansdriveintheater on November 28, 2018 at 9:49 am

opened between 1954-1958 it s an empty feild in the 1954 aerial. it was listed in the 1958 topo maps. it opened between then please update.

davidcoppock on November 29, 2018 at 7:36 pm

Opened onn22/8/1958 with “Don’t go near the water” and silk stockings". 600 cars.

MichaelKilgore on August 11, 2019 at 5:34 pm

As part of a story on the drive-ins owned by Lloyd Franklin and W. O. Bearden, the March 21, 1960 issue of Boxoffice wrote, “The Comet, erected in 1958, has approximately a 550-car capacity”.

MichaelKilgore on February 2, 2021 at 3:15 pm

Clovis News Journal, April 22, 2002, in an extended interview with Loyd Franklin: “The partners (Franklin and Bearden) also built the Comet Drive In out on West Seventh, but Loyd said the theater only lasted about a year. Lightning destroyed the screen at the La Fonda and the Comet screen replaced it.”

MichaelKilgore on February 2, 2021 at 3:37 pm

Now that’s weird! An ad for Thompson’s Nursery said that it was “3 blks. north of Comet Drive Inn Screen on West 7th”. But that ad ran in the Clovis News Journal on Feb. 3, 1957.

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