Valley Drive-In

19923 US-34,
Fort Morgan, CO 80701

300 cars

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Previous Names: Bauer Drive-In

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Valley Drive-In

The Baeur Drive-In was opened on May 19, 1950. By 1955 it had been renamed Valley Drive-In and was open seasonally from May through September and had a capacity of 300 cars and had traditional drive-in speakers. It was operated for 11 seasons by the owners of the Cover 4 Theatre, and was closed in 2010.

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Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on April 13, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Visited The Valley on 04/10/09. The Double Feature was “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” followed by “Pink Panther 2”. Admission was $5.00 per person. Everything on the drive in property was very clean and in good repair. The staff was very friendly and nice to deal with. Concession stand was clean, reasonably priced and decorated in a 1950’s theme. Projection was from a platter system and the front 2 rows still have car speakers….otherwise, you got the sound from your AM radio. Sadly, there were none of the classic intermission trailers in between feature. Intermission lasted perhaps 5 minutes. The screen is fairly new as the old one blew over sometime within the past 8 years. The marquee appears to be original. The owners also own the Cover 4 downtown.

Like a said above, this theater is a single screen. Fun drive in to visit!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm

It was owned in 1956 by John Roberts.

NYozoner on December 31, 2016 at 3:54 pm

News Article from May 2011 on closing of drive-in. Final season appears to have been in 2010.

TomMc11 on June 29, 2018 at 10:02 am

September 2015 Google Street View shows nothing had been done to the property since it closed, but the “For Lease” sign on the marquee was not there anymore.

jwmovies on February 14, 2019 at 2:17 am

A more accurate address for this theater is 19923 US-34, Fort Morgan, CO 80701. This points directly to the entrance road.

Please update.

MichaelKilgore on May 31, 2019 at 8:57 pm

The May 13, 1950 issue of BoxOffice wrote, “The Bauer Drive-In, Fort Morgan, will be opened by Jack Bauer May 19. The $40,000 drive-in accommodates 350-cars.” It appears that this was the opener for the eventual Valley Drive-In.

The 1951-52 Motion Picture Almanac listed only Bauer’s Drive-In, capacity 350. Starting in the 1955 MPA, it had become the Valley, capacity 350, owned by John Roberts.

MichaelKilgore on September 12, 2019 at 1:48 pm

The 1951 Film Daily Year Book listed both Drive-In and West Drive-In under Fort Morgan.

MichaelKilgore on September 15, 2019 at 9:06 am

From a fragment of the March 10, 1959 issue of Motion Picture Daily: “(missing)rb Boehm has purchased from (missing) Roberts the Cover Theatre and (the?) Valley Drive-In, Fort Morgan, (Colo.)”

MichaelKilgore on October 1, 2019 at 9:53 am

April 12, 1952 Boxoffice: “J. H. Roberts has temporarily closed the Fort Morgan Theatre, which he bought in February from Jake Bauer. When the remodeling and improvement program is completed, Roberts will rename the situation the Valley Drive-In. He also owns the Brush Drive-In at Brush, Colo.”

MichaelKilgore on November 19, 2019 at 5:43 pm

Motion Picture Herald, Aug. 21, 1948: “J. H. Roberts is building a 300-car drive-in at Fort Morgan, Colo. He owns the two theatres there.”

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