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Drive-in Theatres Central California


Crest Drive-in Theatre (Demolished)
Bakersfield, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Crest Drive-in Theatre of Bakersfield appears to be for sale now. This grand theatre just off Route 99 will soon disappear off the roadside landscape.


UPDATE 04/09 : The Crest Drive-in met its fate with a bulldozer in 2003.

See more photos and information on the Crest Drive-in Theatre at Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures feature on the Crest Drive-in Theatre. 04-09



Sunset Drive-in Theatre
San Luis Obispo, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Located just off the US 101 in San Luis Obispo, California is the Sunset Drive-in Theatre. Remarkably seen from many points within the city, the Sunset Marquee is a distinct eye catcher.


The Sunset marquee


(Right) Fenced-in ticket booth


UPDATE 04/09 : (Below) Here are a couple of new photos of the Sunset Drive-in from April 2009. As can be seen from the shots, both the screen tower and the marquee have been painted and made over since the above photos were taken in the 90's. The Sunset Drive-in originally opened in 1951 and is still showing first run movies. Many thanks to Daniel Sorrell for photos below. 04-09


Sunset Drive-in Marquee
San Luis Obispo, CA
Photo courtesy Daniel Sorrell

Sunset Drive-in Screen Tower
San Luis Obispo, CA
Photo courtesy Daniel Sorrell



Woodward Park Drive-in (Demolished)
Fresno, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Despite its location in the middle of the Central desert of California, Fresno is a very active city. From movie theaters to drive-ins, Fresno has fun for everyone. Take the Woodward Park Drive-in Theatre for example. Always seemingly busy on weekends. 06-99


UPDATE 07/06 : After its last years of summer-only movies, the Woodward Park Drive-in closed down in late June 2002 and was replaced by Costco and Home Depot in 2003. Many thanks to Brian Snyder for update. 07-06

See more at Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures feature on the Woodward Park Drive-in Theater.









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