Palms Drive-In

Old Ladder Ranch Road and NM-187,
Williamsburg, NM 87942

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Palms Drive-In

On June 9, 1951, Boxoffice wrote, “Oscar Cornwall has secured a permit to continue his drive-in at Truth or Consquences, N.M. … (he is) building the 400-car $60,000 Palms Drive-In. He hopes to open it this month.”

A drive-in was about two miles south of town at the southwest corner of what was then US 85, now State Highway 187, and Old Ladder Ranch Road. The closest municipality is the village of Williamsburg.

The 1955 Motion Picture Almanac listed the Palms Drive-In with a capacity of 350 cars, owner J. O. Comwell. The Palms Drive-In was ‘For Sale’ in spring of 1972.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore

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MichaelKilgore on December 17, 2019 at 1:22 pm

Yet another spelling of the owner’s name, and a city name that’s nowhere near his drive-in, in this note in the Aug. 18, 1951 issue of Boxoffice: “The new drive-in at Hot Springs, N. M. is near completion. Called the Palms, it is owned by Oscar Conwell, who had hoped to open by July 4th.”

MichaelKilgore on May 4, 2020 at 11:57 am

More evidence that the Palms opened: An ad in the July 27, 1952 Denver Post for the re-release of King Kong said that it would be playing at the Palms in Truth or Consequences on Aug. 22.

MichaelKilgore on April 10, 2022 at 6:59 pm

The March 23-May 11, 1972 want ads in the Truth or Consequences Herald included: “For Sale By Owner – Palms Drive In Theatre, T or C. N. M. 2 miles SW of City limits on old Highway 85. Good 40 x 70 ft. screen. 24ft x 72 ft. block bldg. Projection room, Rest Rooms, Snack bar and store room. Good 8 in. water well. Ticket office, marquee, 180 car spaces plus additional space, 9.52 acres total. $35,000. Would consider terms, of $5,000 down or more. Oscar Conwell. Phone …”

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