5101 S. Nogales Highway,
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Architects: Bernard Friedman
The Rodeo Drive-In opened on November 3, 1949 with Gary Cooper in “Task Force” & Yvonne De Carlo in “Black Bart”. Located in southern Tucson off S. Nogales Highway. The rear of the screen tower featured a painted mural 44 feet high, of a lasso-twirling cowgirl. A smaller ‘rodeo girl’ featured on the roadside attraction board.
It had a capacity for 600 cars, and in front of the concession/projection building there were 200 seats for walk-in patrons. It was operated by Cactus Theatres Operating Company. The Rodeo Drive-In was closed on November 8, 1981, and was demolished within a week of its closure. A community college was built on the site.
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