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The Last Picture Show

Indulge in the past at Commerce City’s 88 Drive-In Theatre.


Back in the days when Marilyn Monroe and James Dean were steaming up the silver screen, a spot at the drive-in was hot property on a Saturday night. Commerce City’s nostalgic 88 Drive-In Theatre is keeping the pastime alive as one of fewer than 400 drive-ins left in the nation. Owner Susan Kochevar took over from her parents, who bought the single-screen, 500-car facility in 1976, rescuing it from a sordid start showing X-rated flicks and transforming it into a more family-friendly spot to while away a summer evening. From May to September, seven days a week, 88 Drive-In charges a mere $8 per person for three first-run features. Feel free to bring snacks, but keep in mind that the concession revenue keeps the projector light on and the film reels turning. Bring on the popcorn.

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