Apache Drive-In

2115 US-60,
Globe, AZ 85501

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Located on US-60, midway between Globe and Miami, AZ. The Apache Drive-In was opened in 1950 and was operated by O.K. Leonard. It was still open in 1961. Later closed and demolished a Frys Food & Drug now stands on the site.

There was a 2nd site found for another Apache Drive-In on Highway 77 to the northeast of Globe, AZ. (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures)

Contributed by Ken Roe

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MichaelKilgore on January 15, 2020 at 12:11 pm

Boxoffice, Feb. 9, 1957: “O. K. Leonard, owner of the Apache, Globe, Ariz., has taken over the Joy ozoner in nearby Cactus from J. L. Lightfoot. The Joy is being renamed the Cactus, with W. G. McKinley appointed as manager.”

Within Arizona but outside of Tucson, which is not near Globe, I can’t find a Cactus or Joy drive-in, or a town named Cactus for that matter. It would be interesting if Cactus was a name for what is now part of Globe, and that the Joy which became the Cactus later became the second Apache. It’s just as likely that some guy at Boxoffice got something wrong again.

kennerado on June 29, 2020 at 8:08 am

MichaelKilgore, I had a look into this and there was a Joy Drive-In that existed in Cactus, which is a suburb of Phoenix. Its actually listed here as the Valley Drive-In at this link:


Newspaper ads from as early as 1956 showed it as the Joy with the same address as the Valley.

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