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Night of nostalgia

Drive-ins worth the drive

Autumn Phillips

Across the United States, their white screens loom over sagebrush fields like huge tombstones. The snack bars are boarded up and the only sound is the clank-slap of a few dangling sound boxes.

According to the United Drive-In Theaters Owners Association, there are fewer than 500 drive-ins left in the United States, some in Colorado — some not so far away.

Movie lovers and those who feel nostalgia for such things can still pile too many people into a van, stop on the way for a bucket of food, and watch a drive-in movie.

Here’s a short list of the Colorado drive-in theatres within mud season driving distance:

n The 88 Drive-In Theatre, Commerce City

(303) 287-7717

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Located on 88th Avenue near the Mile High Fleamarket

Open Friday through Sunday

When: 7:45 p.m. and 11:10 p.m.

Tickets: $7 per person / children under 12 are free

n Tru-Vu Drive In theater, Delta

(970) 874-9556

1001 Colorado Highway 92

When: 8 p.m.

n Big Sky Drive In Theater, Delta

452 Main St.

Playing this weekend: “Open Range”

When: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

n Cinderella Twin Drive-In, Englewood

(303) 761-8232

3400 South Platte River Drive

Open Friday through Sunday

When: 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and 12:15 a.m.

Tickets: Six and under are free, 7 — 11 are $1, 12 and older are $9

n Holiday Twin Drive-In, Fort Collins

(970) 221-1244

2206 South Overland Trail

When: Shows start at dusk

n The Star Drive In, Montrose

600 Miami St.

Open Friday through Sunday

When: 8 and 10 p.m.

Tickets: $5 per person

n Kar-Vu, Springfield

27474 Highway 287

When: 8 p.m.

Tickets: $4.50 per person

n Comanche, Buena Vista

(719) 395-2766

Southwest of town by Cottonwood Creek, past the filtration plant

n Sunset Drive-In, Cañon City

East side of town on U.S. Highway 50

n Rocket, Durango

(970) 247-0833

26126 Highway 160

n Valley Drive-In Theatre, Fort Morgan

(303) 867-5724

19937 Highway 34

n Star Drive In and Best Western Movie Manor, Monte Vista

(719) 852-5921

2830 Highway 160

Tickets: $6 per person