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Drive-in Theatres Central California


Porterville Drive-in Theatre (Closed)
Porterville, CA
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If you travel up Route 99 to Porterville, stop by the Porterville Drive-in Theatre. This place is worth a visit, especially for a look see at the strange marquee. A second screen was added here in 1990.

UPDATE 01/09 : According to the Porterville Drive-in website, the theatre showed its first movie on May 18, 1950. The theatre remained open for the most part through the end of the 2004 season. The drive-in is now closed. 01-09

(Left) The screen tower still up and displaying movies

(Far left) Odd-looking marquee that looks somewhat like a brochure holder.


UPDATE 05/09 : A fire burned a storage building that was located just below the west screen of the old Porterville Drive-in Theatre. According to the Porterville Recorder, the small fire destroyed half the storage area and the case is under investigation for suspicious behavior. Flames had risen up the movie screen at one point before the fire was put out.




Skyview Drive-in Theatre (Demolished)
Santa Cruz, CA
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The Skyview Drive-in Theatre near Santa Cruz, California features a nicely kept marquee. Like the Madera, a small billboard is located on back of the screen tower. This theatre is still open. First run movies were showing at this drive-in.


UPDATE 01/09 : The Skyview Drive-in Theatre closed on December 2, 2007 after originally opening up in 1949. The drive-in was demolished in May 2008. The new owners Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF)/Sutter Health has plans to develop the site into medical office and other health care related uses. See more information at metrosantacruz.com. 01-09


Skyview Drive-in Theatre (Demolished)
Salinas, CA
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Yes, Virginia, this is a nice ticket booth. Although the guard inside was slightly... let's say... red in the face (doubt it was the sun), the Skyview Drive-in Theatre of Salinas appeared in decent shape. Just don't go in while clean-up crews are picking up after the swap meet. Or when fog is covering the screen tower.


UPDATE 07/06 : The Skyview was demolished on July 9th, 2001 to make way for construction of a school building. This update was found at http://www.driveinmovie.com/CA.htm. 07-07









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