Back in 2004, in that year's Best of Denver issue, Westword trumpeted the "Best Movie News for the Nostalgic" -- a reprieve for the Cinderella Twin drive-in near the intersection of Highway 285 and Santa Fe, which had been marked for destruction in a development scheme. Each year thereafter was supposed to be the Denver landmark's last, but even though the figurative curtain really did come down at the end of 2007, the theater's sign remains in place, complete with a message reading, "CLOSED FOR THE SEASON."
Man, is that an understatement. I recently trekked to the tract, and even without climbing through a hole in the chain-link fence and exploring the grounds, it was clear that the clock has long since struck midnight for this Cinderella. That didn't stop me, of course, and as I walked among the new housing under construction, I got a little misty thinking about all those young men and women who'd groped each other on this very spot, all the while pretending to watch triple features. But at least the groping will continue, once the development is finally completed -- in beds rather than in bucket seats.
Click "More" to see how far along this sequel has gotten. -- Michael Roberts
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.