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The West Wind Scottsdale 6 Drive-In in Scottsdale, Arizona closed in August 2011 after its owners could not renegotiate a new lease with the SRPM Indian Community, according to an article on the East Valley Tribune's web site dated September 29, 2011:
Despite large crowds coming to the Scottsdale 6 in recent months, the ownership (California-based West Wind Drive-ins) decided to close the drive-in after it was unable to renegotiate a new lease with the SRPM Indian community.
The last films there included "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Our Idiot Brother" and "The Smurfs."
The few fans who came to say goodbye parked in a lot across the street from the Scottsdale 6, leaned against the backs of their vehicles, and looked wistfully at the dark screens.
"We should be unfolding our chairs and watching a movie there right now," Poole said. "We really need to let people know it's important to attend drive-ins so they don't completely disappear."
Click the Read link below to view the full article and to see photos of the theater.
According to the article, the Scottsdale 6 Drive-in opened on February 7, 1977.
The closest drive-in is now the West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-In, which is about 23 miles away in Glendale, Arizona. West Wind Theaters owns and/or operates a total of seven drive-ins in Arizona, California, and Nevada.
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