The Sunset Drive In, Off of Isleta and Arenal, in the South Valley, may very well be the only nearly intact drive-in left in the duke city area (I hear there is one working one up in Farmington, and a few other places.)
Perhaps its just Nostalgia, but I remember some pretty good times as a kid going to a drive in and watching a double feature! I'm pretty sure thats how I caught the Return of the Jedi, I think thats where I caught back to the future too, sure the sound sometimes cutout, and being cramped in a car with your sister is probably toxic to 8 year old boys! But toxic or not I thought it was pretty cool!
So when I found what looked like a still standing drive in urban abandonment (one of my big hobbies if you had not noticed is poking around at the archeology of our recent past) on google maps, I just knew i had to go see it for my self.
And See it I did, It looks like aside from missing the speaker boxes, and having the projectionist's booth boarded up, and some tree overgrowth, its like a time capsule, the screen is still in great condition, the lot looks like its mowed, the projectionist booth/concessions/bathroom all look to be in good condition, (the ticket booth is collapsing), lots of evidence of homeless camping all around the outside of the fence line, but inside looks pretty good aside from a little graffiti on the back side of the screen.
Its gated off and fenced, And somebody appears to be living/groundskeeping the place from a little trailer. So I stayed outside and walked around it. (careful there are some spots with loose barb wire in the grass)
Photos of it can be seen here!
It would be neat if somebody in the art/film scene could get permission to setup a nice digital projector and a low power FM broadcaster, and have some local films shown on the really big screen!
The property taxes are paid up by a trustee of a living trust, I suspect they would be the ones to contact if somebody had the resources and connections to try and make a gorilla art film fest of it.
RAJPAL SURJIT S TRUSTEE
MARY SINGH RAJPAL LIVING TRUST
460 ASH ST
WINNETKA IL 60093
abq_urbex Livejournal blog
post I made last night, contains much of the information above but also another persons blog post aobut it from a few years back.