Circle B Drive-In

3706 W. Main Street,
Artesia, NM 88210

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Previous Names: Circle Drive-In

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Circle B Drive-In

The Circle Drive-In was opened on April 9, 1950 with Sylvia Sidney in “Trail of the Lonesome Pine”. It was operated by Ray Bartlett. It was closed around 1965.

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Kenmore on February 11, 2019 at 6:42 am

A housing edition now sits on the property. But you can still see the faint remains of the entrance and exit roads.

MichaelKilgore on May 31, 2019 at 9:15 pm

From the May 13, 1950 issue of BoxOffice:

ARTESIA, N. M. – The Circle B Drive-In, one mile west of Artesia on the Hope highway, opened recently. “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine” was the opening feature.

The Circle B was shown on 1955 and 1978 topo maps.

MichaelKilgore on June 11, 2019 at 6:59 am

More details in this planning announcement in the June 4, 1949 issue of BoxOffice:

ARTESIA, N. M. – A 16-acre tract one mile west of here has been purchased by Ray Bartlett and his son Bill, Carlsbad, as the site for a 400-car drive-in which they will build at a cost of approximately $75,000. Features of the new open air theatre, construction of which is expected to be started soon, will include a playground with slides, sand piles and other equipment. A contest now is being sponsored to select a name for the ozoner, with a $10 book of tickets as the prize for the one judged best.

davidcoppock on June 12, 2019 at 4:26 am

Did the B stand for anything? Was there a Circle A Drive-in too?

MichaelKilgore on December 6, 2019 at 1:18 pm

An exact date! Boxoffice, April 15, 1950: “ARTESIA, N. M. – Ray Bartlett and his son Bill opened the new 350-car drive-in here on Easter Sunday (April 9 that year). The project includes a concessions stand, playground, in-car speakers and hard-surfaced ramps. It cost an approximate $75,000.”

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