skip to nav skip to content

Cactus Drive-in Theatre Foundation bringing drive-in movies back to Tucson!

  • Print

The Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation announced today that they have revitalized their community base and are now doing a fundraiser via a Kickstarter project to bring the “drive-in experience” back to Tucson.  

The Cactus Drive-In Theater Foundation is a non-profit (501C3) with plans to bring a drive-in theater back to town. Their ultimate goal is to establish a permanent, community-owned drive-in theater in Pima County. This Kickstarter project will bring them one step closer to fulfilling that dream.

Originally the Cactus Drive-In Theatre, it was renamed the DeAnza in 1977 and kept the name until its closure & destruction in 2009. Many mourned the downfall of Tucson's last drive-in theater. As a result the Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation was formed, and its Facebook page blossomed to nearly 1500 followers since April of this year with new supporters are joining daily.

The funds raised through this project will go towards the purchase of a large inflatable movie screen, a high-quality movie projector, and generator. These materials, paired with their existing FM transmitter and authentic restored drive-in movie speakers, will allow them to host "pop up" drive-in movie events throughout Pima County. This "pop-up" model is currently being implemented successfully in Punta Gorda, Florida to show monthly drive-in movies for their community.

When the non-profit acquires a permanent location in the future for a drive-in, CDITF will be able to continue to use the inflatable screen for several years. A special digital movie projector is required to show new, first-run movies (which is not in the scope of this Kickstarter project).

Other infrastructure (a permanent snack bar, flush toilets, etc.) will be added over time.

To participate in the Cactus Drive-in Theatre Foundation’s Kickstarter program visit their Kickstarter page at

More details about the corporation and it plans for the future can be found on their web site at

Tucson, AZ

ESE at 6 mph



Submit photos to:


94.9 MixFM