“In late April 1964, one of Palm Springs’ first drive-in movie theaters opened with a screening of Walt Disney’s Three Lives of Thomasina. The lot, operated by Metropolitan Theatre and sitting off of what is now Crossley Road just south of Ramon Road, could hold 800 cars. The final films to screen were Everybodys’ All-American with Jessica Lange and Steven Segal’s Above the Law in November 1985.
The property later became a swap market and an RV Park, but for at least the last decade it has sat empty while the Gene Autry Plaza across the street attracts brisk business thanks to a Walmart Super Center.
Alan Schwartz has heard several recollections about the property since he recently leased seven acres of it from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Schwartz, who owns an estate business and a vintage store called Just Stuff in Cathedral City, has created the Palm Springs Flea Market and Food Fest…”

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