Ascarate Drive-In

6701 Delta Drive,
El Paso, TX 79925

500 cars

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Ascarate Drive-In

The Ascarate Drive-In was a single screen ozoner that opened in El Paso on January 18, 1957 showing Spanish language movies. It had a car capacity listed at 500. The drive-in closed in 1988.

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matt54 on May 29, 2010 at 12:13 am

Name should be spelled “Ascarate.” I’m an old El Paso hand.

matt54 on December 15, 2011 at 6:36 am

Status is demolished but screen tower frame is still up.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 3, 2012 at 7:03 am

1967 Historic Aerials view here….


Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

Looking at the aerials, it looks like it could be reopened?

Roybob54 on April 19, 2016 at 11:02 pm

My favorite teacher in grad school lived right behind the Ascarate, when he was younger he buried a cable from the last row of speakers all the way to his home across the ditch/canal to his second floor room. We had a party at his house and that old speaker was still hanging by the window. By this time it was showing moving in Spanish. I lived on the other side of Ascarate Lake on Ben Swain.

rivest266 on July 1, 2018 at 6:11 pm
  • This opened on January 18th, 1957 showing movies in Spanish until 1988. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

Esto se abrió el 18 de enero de 1957 mostrando películas en español hasta 1988. Anuncio de gran apertura en la sección de fotos.

rivest266 on July 2, 2018 at 8:21 pm

and closed 1988.

Kenmore on April 17, 2022 at 2:46 am

I do not know if “demolished” is the proper term since as of October 2021 the drive-in is mostly intact. While the screen tower still stands, most of the panels are gone.

However, the concession stand/projector booth, ticket booth, and ramps are all still present. I think “repurposed” is a better word than “demolished” since it could be re-opened with some renovation work on the screen.

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