Saying Goodbye to Globe’s Iconic Apache Drive-In

November 2011 coverSome incredibly sad news to report out of Globe: The Apache Drive-In theater is calling it a day this Saturday, September 28. We wrote about this iconic landmark in our November 2011 issue. At the time, owner Robert Hollis had high hopes of keeping his drive-in open for at least a few more years, but he knew, even then, that technology was getting in the way of the good ol’ days.

“I have no doubt my drive-in will be gone in five years,” he said. “Times are changing and the upkeep on drive-ins is very high. Eventually, it’ll become cost prohibitive.”

According to a press release, the Apache Drive-in “will join over 50 drive-ins throughout the state that have closed over the last 30 years.” However, it has the “unique distinction of being the last single-screen theater to close in Arizona.”

Despite the disappointing news, the Apache Drive-In is going out in style, with a gala hosted by Globe Miami Times and the Hollis family. Besides playing the classic flick American Graffiti, there will be a “Fashion, Fenders and Wolfman Jack” contest, as well as a tailgate party.

“This is a historic event for our community, as well as another chapter in the saga of drive-ins across the country,” says Globe Miami Times publisher Linda Gross, who will be hosting the event that night. “As storytellers, we knew this was something that needed to have its moment in history recognized. Plus, it is a way of saying thank you to the Hollis family, who have managed to keep the Apache Drive-In open longer than most.”

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3 responses to “Saying Goodbye to Globe’s Iconic Apache Drive-In

  1. I SO MISS THE DRIVE IN THEATER, IT WS AN IMPORTANT PART OF GROWING, EVRY FRIDAY OR SATURDAY ITE WAS THE DRIVE-IN…50 CENTS A CAR LOAD….MOM WOULD FIX DINNER, AND WE ATE WE’D GET OUR BAATHES, PUT ON OUR PJ’S,,,,,MOM WOULD MAKE HER AND DAD A THERMOS OF COFFEE, SHE’S POP POPCORN AT THE HOUSE AND PUT IT AND PUT IT IN A OG, GRAB SOME DRINKS FOR US KIDS. SOME HOW SHE WOULD BUILD UP THE FLOOR BOARD SO IT WAS EVEN WITH THE SEAT,SO IT LOOKED LIKE ONE BIG BED…..WE’D GET OUR PILLOWS AND A BLANKET AND WE WERE READY TO GO TO THE DRIVE-IN….US KIDS ALWAYS LIKED THE DRIVE-IN WITH A PLAYGROUND THERE…..TO DO THAT WITH MY GRANDCHILDREN WOULD BE SUCH A GREAT TIME, SHOW THEM A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN I WAS GROWING UP….OH WELL LIFE GOES ON….SIGH

  2. Kevin

    I really hate to see the drive-in go! All the good days of watching movie the old-school way. I remember it being the only theater at the time when the community was left without a place to watch a movie. I also use to go there as a kid and just sit in the back of the truck wrapped in a blanket under the stars. Apache drive-in is one of the few reminders of the good ole days. Thanks for the memories!

  3. It’s quite nostalgic to read that the Apache Drive-in joins over 50 drive ins around Arizona that have closed down the last 30 years. Drive-in movie theater will sooner or later become a thing of the past as the young generation now prefers the comfort and convenience of shopping malls.

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