What can we say about the Yucca Drive In that hasn’t been said before. Younger generations will never know the fun of loading a car up with all your friends (those without money rode in the trunk), and going to see the best movies of the time, outside in the fresh air with family and especially your friends.
Those who arrive in trucks usually backed into their parking space and had a make shift camp set up with coolers, air mattresses, and tons of blankets.
The Yucca Drive-In opened July 4, 1950 with Clifton Webb in “Sitting Pretty” & Randolph Scott in “Fighting Man of the Plains”. Closed in 1994.
What your your fondest memories of the Yucca Drive In?
I have a few memories of the Yucca, the first is remembering that if I could read lips I could watch the movies for free from the balcony of our home with binoculars of course. LOL.
The second memory at the Yucca was just going in to watch a number movies with friends and if the movie was boring or we weren’t just into the storyline we loved to walk up to the screen and play on the swing set or go down the slide until the movie was done and it was time to go home.
3rd memory isn’t a good one, that was watching the car in front of us trying to get onto Cerrillos Road and watching a drunk driver in a truck hit a small car with 4 teens get hit so hard that the car rolled all the way across the 4 lanes of Cerrillos Road and landing in front of the Harley Davidson shop (I think the building now is a furniture shop and there’s a car wash there now. One of the kids killed in that accident was a family friend.
So many good and bad memories of the Yucca Drive In. I do wish that drive in’s were still a thing. Although, during this pandemic of Covid-19 I realized that last night, as we were ready to watch the Toll movie, the new drive in is home. Since we can’t go out the cost for the movie was $19.99 to RENT!
I guess that’s still a lot cheaper for a family to be entertained but crazy how things change.
Anyhow, how ever you enjoy movies now, there will never be anything like experiencing a movie at the Yucca Drive In.
Find more info on the Yucca HERE