Rodeo Drive-In

1223 E. Buckeye Road,
Phoenix, AZ 85034

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Classic Clint meets Classic Horror at the Rodeo Drive In in 1979

The Rodeo Drive-In opened on March 27, 1953 with Alan Ladd in “Branded” & John Wayne in “Flying Leathernecks”. This single screen drive-in had a capacity for 500 cars and 400 seats for walk-in patrons. The Rodeo Drive-In closed around 1981.

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kencmcintyre on December 30, 2006 at 9:05 pm

Stay in the car if you don’t want to be run over:

kencmcintyre on December 17, 2008 at 9:49 pm

The Rodeo was still listed in the 1981 Motion Picture Almanac. Owner was E&W Management. Capacity was 500 cars.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 2, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I have M.G.A. theatres running it in 1956.

MistysDaughter on December 4, 2014 at 11:50 pm

This is where I saw all the Disney movies. Our family loved this theater.

rivest266 on November 14, 2015 at 7:01 pm

March 27th, 1953 grand opening ad

MichaelKilgore on August 1, 2019 at 12:28 pm wrote today about the Rodeo, saying it opened in 1953 at the site of the former Jacob Waltz ranch near 12th Street and Buckeye Road, then known as Henshaw Road. (Indeed, I can’t find any mention of it in any of the three industry drive-in lists for 1952.) The opening night program included the movies “Branded" (1950), “Flying Leathernecks" (1951), and “The Sniper" (1952).

The article concludes, “The drive-in closed in 1981. The Central City Campus of Gateway Community College now occupies the site.” If the link is still active, you ought to read the whole thing.

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