Fiesta Drive-In

401 W. Fiesta Drive,
Carlsbad, NM 88220

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Previously operated by: Frontier Theatres, Theater Enterprises Inc.

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Three Fiesta screens

The Fiesta Drive-In originally opened in August 1948, with a single screen and capacity for 450 cars. The massive original screen tower had a mural of a Mexican man and woman dancing, and was animated with neon lighting. Above them was the theatre’s name in a Streamline style lettering. By 1955 it was operated by Frontier Theatres.

The Fiesta Drive-In closed in 1970, but was completely rebuilt in 1989 as a three screen drive-in with parking for over 600 cars, FM stereo sound, and a modern concession stand. The Fiesta Drive-In was open Friday through Monday year-round, but had closed by 2010. It was re-opened in the summer of 2012 and closed on December 9, 2018.

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Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

zachrogers on September 9, 2012 at 10:24 am

Hello. My wife and I are currently the owners and managers of this theatre. Please see our website at for more information. Thanks for posting about us!

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Drive-In 54 on June 12, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Here is there Facebook page…

I could not find a regular website.

KenLayton on June 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm

It appears they only show single features.

Chris1982 on September 28, 2014 at 10:50 pm

From their Facebook page: Family owned and operated for over twenty years. Digital projection on all three screens. Full concession menu such as burgers, nachos, hot dogs, fries, pizza and much more.

dallasmovietheaters on December 4, 2018 at 9:22 am

Closes on December 9, 2018 due to declining business and property sold. Final shows of with The Grinch; Ralph Breaks the Internet; Instant Family.

KenLayton on December 4, 2018 at 10:01 am

Can someone get some drone shots of the theater before it closes?

Countryarbor on April 2, 2019 at 2:55 pm

Hello, let me introduce myself, my name is Wayne Yeazel and I’m the owner of Country Arbor Independent Cinema Theatre’s.

Country Arbor Independent Cinema Theatre’s is a small Independent Cinema company that is trying to save our history by buying and restoring our old closed, abandoned drive in theatres and movies theatres that have been closed and just forgotten and left to decay over time. Today there are only 334 drive In Theatre’s left in the United States.

I’m trying to find investors who would be a great investment in reopen the Eastland Theatre in Bartlesville Oklahoma which been closed since 2014 and the Teepee Drive In Theatre in Sapulpa Oklahoma which been closed since 1999. Also working on the Trails Drive In Theatre in Enid, Oklahoma been closed for 20 some years, plus a new one in Kav-Vu Drive In in Springfield Co. . All need to be updated , new Concession Snack Bar building and tickets Booth. Now I’m working on even trying to rebuild the out Drive In Theatre’s that have been tore down for years by buying land and rebuild the screen like it was in the days before it closed.

Please contact me at 918-534-6957 I do have the business plans ready. One for the theatre’s and the second part for the RV park in the Drive In Theatre’s when the Drive In Theatre’s are closed for the winter months. Now I’m also going to install Solar panels to cut down on the electric bill.

MichaelKilgore on April 23, 2020 at 1:03 pm

Boxoffice, Jan. 10, 1948: “CARLSBAD, N. M. – Construction of a 570-car drive-in theatre here by Carl Burton, Oklahoma City theatre owner, is expected to start this month. Burton has acquired 18 acres of land for the project. This will allow for future expansion to 1,000-car capacity, he said. The theatre will have RCA equipment and will operate ten months of the year, closing only in January and February, according to Burton.”

Boxoffice, Aug. 21, 1948: “CARLSBAD, N. M. – Victor Farrar, formerly of Chickasha, Okla., has been named house manager of the newly opened Fiesta Drive-In, built here by Carl Burton at a cost exceeding $150,000. The 625-car ozoner was sold to Ray Bartlett of Artesia shortly before the formal opening."

Boxoffice, Aug. 28, 1948: “CARLSBAD – An editorial in the Carlsbad Current Argus took Theatre Enterprises, Inc., to task recently on the occasion of the opening of the Fiesta Drive-In, swank $150,000 ozoner built here by the circuit. The editorial said that the people of Carlsbad were disappointed with the opening attraction at the drive-in, and described the picture as a “10-year-old” film – “so old, in fact, that the actors' and actresses' clothes were out of style.” "

Boxoffice, Oct. 2, 1948: “CARLSBAD, N. M. – Bill Bartlett, city manager for Theatre Enterprises, Inc., owners of the swank new $50,000 Fiesta Drive-In opened here recently, replied to criticism of the opening film with a lengthy open letter to the Carlsbad Current Argus. Bartlett explained that the three first run houses here played current released long before they would be available to the ozoners. He also explained the the policy of the Fiesta was to play the best reissues."

The movie that caused such a fuss was “God’s Country and the Woman,” Warner Brothers' first feature-length film in full 3-strip Technicolor, released in January 1937.

dansdriveintheater on February 20, 2023 at 10:37 pm

No hope for this theatre has since been torn down and except for the concession stand

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