Fiesta Drive-In

401 W. Fiesta Drive,
Carlsbad, NM 88220

623 cars

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MichaelKilgore on April 23, 2020 at 9:03 pm

Boxoffice, Jan. 10, 1948: “CARLSBAD, N. M. – Construction of a 570-car drive-in theatre here by Carl Burton, Oklahoma City theatre owner, is expected to start this month. Burton has acquired 18 acres of land for the project. This will allow for future expansion to 1,000-car capacity, he said. The theatre will have RCA equipment and will operate ten months of the year, closing only in January and February, according to Burton.”

Boxoffice, Aug. 21, 1948: “CARLSBAD, N. M. – Victor Farrar, formerly of Chickasha, Okla., has been named house manager of the newly opened Fiesta Drive-In, built here by Carl Burton at a cost exceeding $150,000. The 625-car ozoner was sold to Ray Bartlett of Artesia shortly before the formal opening."

Boxoffice, Aug. 28, 1948: “CARLSBAD – An editorial in the Carlsbad Current Argus took Theatre Enterprises, Inc., to task recently on the occasion of the opening of the Fiesta Drive-In, swank $150,000 ozoner built here by the circuit. The editorial said that the people of Carlsbad were disappointed with the opening attraction at the drive-in, and described the picture as a “10-year-old” film – “so old, in fact, that the actors' and actresses' clothes were out of style.” "

Boxoffice, Oct. 2, 1948: “CARLSBAD, N. M. – Bill Bartlett, city manager for Theatre Enterprises, Inc., owners of the swank new $50,000 Fiesta Drive-In opened here recently, replied to criticism of the opening film with a lengthy open letter to the Carlsbad Current Argus. Bartlett explained that the three first run houses here played current released long before they would be available to the ozoners. He also explained the the policy of the Fiesta was to play the best reissues."

The movie that caused such a fuss was “God’s Country and the Woman,” Warner Brothers' first feature-length film in full 3-strip Technicolor, released in January 1937.

Countryarbor on April 2, 2019 at 10:55 pm

Hello, let me introduce myself, my name is Wayne Yeazel and I’m the owner of Country Arbor Independent Cinema Theatre’s.

Country Arbor Independent Cinema Theatre’s is a small Independent Cinema company that is trying to save our history by buying and restoring our old closed, abandoned drive in theatres and movies theatres that have been closed and just forgotten and left to decay over time. Today there are only 334 drive In Theatre’s left in the United States.

I’m trying to find investors who would be a great investment in reopen the Eastland Theatre in Bartlesville Oklahoma which been closed since 2014 and the Teepee Drive In Theatre in Sapulpa Oklahoma which been closed since 1999. Also working on the Trails Drive In Theatre in Enid, Oklahoma been closed for 20 some years, plus a new one in Kav-Vu Drive In in Springfield Co. . All need to be updated , new Concession Snack Bar building and tickets Booth. Now I’m working on even trying to rebuild the out Drive In Theatre’s that have been tore down for years by buying land and rebuild the screen like it was in the days before it closed.

Please contact me at 918-534-6957 I do have the business plans ready. One for the theatre’s and the second part for the RV park in the Drive In Theatre’s when the Drive In Theatre’s are closed for the winter months. Now I’m also going to install Solar panels to cut down on the electric bill.

KenLayton on December 4, 2018 at 6:01 pm

Can someone get some drone shots of the theater before it closes?

dallasmovietheaters on December 4, 2018 at 5:22 pm

Closes on December 9, 2018 due to declining business and property sold. Final shows of with The Grinch; Ralph Breaks the Internet; Instant Family.

Chris1982 on September 29, 2014 at 6:50 am

From their Facebook page: Family owned and operated for over twenty years. Digital projection on all three screens. Full concession menu such as burgers, nachos, hot dogs, fries, pizza and much more.

KenLayton on June 13, 2014 at 3:55 am

It appears they only show single features.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 13, 2014 at 12:01 am

Here is there Facebook page…

I could not find a regular website.

zachrogers on September 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Hello. My wife and I are currently the owners and managers of this theatre. Please see our website at for more information. Thanks for posting about us!

KenLayton on April 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm

This is good news! Glad to hear they will be open again. :)

Driveintheatre2001 on April 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm

**Update!! Their Website is now showing that the Fiesta Drive In Theatre will be reopening in under a month from now! Fiesta Website .. Good Luck to them all!!

Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photographer

Driveintheatre2001 on January 19, 2012 at 9:16 am

Sad! Didn’t know this one had closed! Wow.. Anyone know the reason of it closing? Here’s a photo I took of the Fiesta Drive In back in 2008… Enjoy..

Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photographer

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 2, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I have it parking 623 cars ,Bryan and was owned by Frontier Theatres;they owned both Drive-ins there in 1956.