Fans fight to save 88th Avenue Drive-In Theatre in Commerce City

Supporters plan to turn in petition Monday night

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Fans of the 88th Avenue Drive-In Theatre in Commerce City say they will turn in a petition to save it Monday night.

It's one of the last drive-in theaters in the Denver Metro Area, but traffic congestion could force it to shut down.

According to a letter posted on the theater's Facebook page, Commerce City officials are concerned about:

  • Vehicles blocking the entrance to the nearby fire station
  • Vehicles stopping on active railroad crossings
  • Aggressive driving (vehicles veering into the wrong lane to get around backups
  • Vehicles blocking driveways
  • Congestion created by Drive-In patrons blocking access for emergency vehicles

The letter says if the changes don't solve the problem, "the City may suspend or revoke a business license."

The petition says the city is blaming the Drive-In for the city's road maintenance inadequacies.

The online petition had more than 8,000 signatures Monday morning. For a link to the petition drive click here.

Supporters hope to spend the three minutes available for public comment at Monday's city council meeting talking about saving the theater.

The drive-in is currently showing movies seven nights a week.

There are now fewer than 400 drive-in movie theaters nationwide, 7NEWS Reporter Tyler Lopez said.

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