Cactus Drive-In

1900 E. Poe Street,
Roswell, NM 88203

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Cactus Drive-In

The Cactus Drive-In opened between 1961, when an aerial photo showed the remains of an old race track at its future site, and August 1964, when it was mentioned in a story in the Roswell Daily Record. On September 22, 1970, the Cactus Drive-In ran an advertisement in the Daily Record noting that was “Now Open” on Poe Street a half mile east of the fairgrounds.

In March 1974, the Cactus Drive-In ran an advertisement offering a reward for the conviction of whoever stole its projection equipment. An aerial photo from October 1975 showed the drive-in intact with an east-facing screen. By 1978, the trucking firm on Poe Street had taken over the field behind the projection building, and by 1981, the Cactus Drive-In was completely gone.

The old Cactus Drive-In site is now the south end of a recycling center in place of the old trucking firm. The drive-in’s entrance was off of what is now Kallahin Road.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore

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MichaelKilgore on May 15, 2022 at 12:55 pm

That “Now Open” ad coincided closely with the closing of Roswell’s Ballojak Drive-In, so the Cactus folks might have been trying to capture some of that business.

A Roswell Daily Record columnist wrote in 2018 that way back when, for a treat he would sometimes go to “the Cactus Drive-in to see the shows in Spanish, which was usually one of the more famous stars like Cantinflas, Antonio Aguilar and others.”

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