De Anza Drive-in to gasp it’s last breath this Saturdayby Elizabeth "Bjay" Woolley on Oct. 01, 2009, under Life, pop culture, Tucson
It was almost two years ago I wrote an ode to the De Anza Drive-In. Click here to see it.
I have so many great childhood drive-in memories. My son Keith has been in the process of creating some of his own – but that will end this weekend. He is so young, I worry if he will remember it at all.
We go to the De Anza often. Keith excitedly gathers chairs, blankets, pillows, and snacks. When we get there, he creates a little nest in the back of the CR-V with colorful glowsticks softly adding to his self-customized ambiance. To say he loves it is an understatement.
I am already in mourning for this establishment. So many times we’ve dealt with news that it will close, only to have it silently endure. This time, it looks like it’s for good. The axe is set to fall this Saturday night. After that I will pass the place with a heavy heart when it lies silent in the evenings.
This is the latest Tucson icon to fall by the wayside to make way for more exciting shopping centers. The property has been bought by Evergreen Development Co. Their website says they are a company “specializing in single tenant retail expansions, specialty, neighborhood and community shopping centers and residential communities.”
It sounds like they bought the land as an asset for now, with no immediate plans as to what they will do with it. (Pssst…run a drive-in! Please?)
I pray for another reprieve for the drive-in, but will not hold my breath.
When I contacted artist Earl Wettstein for permission to include his painting of the De Anza, he remarked that four Tucson icons he had painted are now gone. Visit his website to see others in his “Tucson Icons” series.
Please share your De Anza memories!