Chief Drive-In

28803 U.S. 6,
Rifle, CO 81650

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Chief Drive-In

The Chief Drive-In was located in Rifle, Colorado. The Chief Drive-In opened on July 7, 1950 with Maria Montez in “White Savage”. It parked 340 cars. It was owned in 1956 by Lind and Munson and was still open in 1960.

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rivest266 on August 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm

This was on the Parkway just west of Peterson Lane.

peacheyeball on July 5, 2015 at 12:30 am

This address tracks correctly on Google Earth:28803 U.S. 6, Rifle, CO 81650.

MichaelKilgore on June 9, 2019 at 10:00 am

The July 22, 1950 issue of BoxOffice reported, “Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lind have opened their new Chief Drive-In at Rifle, Colo. It accommodates about 300 cars and cost around $40,000.”

MichaelKilgore on August 14, 2019 at 6:37 pm

“Don and Pat Monson, Chief Drive-In, Rifle, set bookings around (Denver’s Film) Row and then motored on to Mexico on a vacation trip.” — Boxoffice, June 27, 1960

MichaelKilgore on September 10, 2019 at 4:32 pm

The Chief was still outlined in a 1984 topo map but was gone by the 1988 map.

MichaelKilgore on September 18, 2019 at 8:50 am

A note in the July 17, 1959 issue of Motion Picture Daily mentioned that Donald Monson owned the Ute and Chief theaters in Rifle. Don Munson was Fred Lind’s son-in-law, according to a note in the Feb. 5, 1949 Boxoffice.

MichaelKilgore on February 12, 2020 at 1:11 pm

The Chief held its grand opening on Friday, July 7, 1950, as told in ads and stories in the Rifle Telegram. The opening program was “The White Savage,” along with “All Technicolor short subjects.”

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