Drive-in returns to Albuquerque for the summer

Ready to return to the past in a more positive way? Well, you are in luck! With changes needing to be made because of the pandemic, Bernalillo County’s Movies in the Park series is being moved to Isleta Amphitheater for the summer. Moviegoers and drive-in theater fans alike can gather (socially distant) to watch the following:

  • June 13: Jumanji: The Next Level
  • June 20: A Dog’s Journey
  • June 27: Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood

Space is limited to 150 vehicles. Visitors will not only be able to watch a fun movie, they will be able to enjoy a number of different food truck options. Remember to still wear your mask when venturing outside your car.

A very brief history of Drive-in theaters

One of the very first instances of a drive-in theater was the “Theatre de Guadalupe” in Las Cruces, New Mexico which opened over 100 years ago in 1915. Drive-in theaters were most popular after the second world war with an increase in car ownership and higher populations in suburban and rural areas. It became easier to drive your car to the nearby drive-in than all the way into the city to the cinema. With a boom in the 40s through 60s, Drive-in theaters succumbed to a major decline with a rise in new technology like color TV, cable, and video rentals that arose in the 70s and 80s.

So, come enjoy a movie and support local food trucks by stopping by the Movies in the Park series at Isleta Amphitheater!

Elizabeth Benedict is an Associate Broker and REALTOR® at ERA Sellers and Buyers Real Estate in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She holds a Masters in Literature from the University of New Mexico. When she is not helping her community buy and sell houses she is usually writing.