Sundowner Drive-In

11777 US-180,
Arenas Valley, NM 88022

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Previous Names: Copper Drive-In

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Sundowner Drive-In

Located in Arenas Valley to the east of Silver City, NM. The Copper Drive-In was opened by 1952 when it was operated by Herbert & Ray Johnson. By 1953 it was operated by George Dowdle. Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook’s of 1956 to 1964. In April 1966 it was renamed Sundowner Drive-In. It closed around 1980.

Contributed by A. L. Vazquez-Hernandez

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Kenmore on July 5, 2018 at 4:49 pm

Found It!

The drive-in was well to the east of the town at 11777 US-180, Arenas Valley, NM.

Today, the New Mexico Pole Line Inc. occupies the eastern half of the property while the other half is empty. There is no trace of the drive-in remaining apart from the foundation of the projection booth/concession stand.

dansdriveintheater on October 22, 2018 at 10:01 pm

so it the marquee to it appears!

kennerado on June 6, 2021 at 11:02 pm

In April 1966 the name was changed to the “Sundowner” and it was owned by Dollison Theaters. It kept that name until it presumably closed around 1979-80.

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