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Mooney Drive-in Theatre
Visalia, CA

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The Mooney Drive-in Theatre was the place to go for an outdoor movie experience in the Central Valley town of Visalia. Located off of the main North South boulevard, the Mooney was open for nearly 60 years before closing on September 7, 2006. On September 9, the Mooney showed a farewell screening of Grease and Viva Las Vegas.

 

Mooney Drive-in during happier times
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

(Far left) A close-up of the "Mooney" character on the marquee

When the Mooney Drive-in closed, the property was to be the future site of office buildings. The old marquee was sold for $1,950 to a Visalia resident in October 2006 who planned to restore the sign.

 

As of October 2008, the Mooney lot is still vacant, with a sign stating that the property is for sale.

 

Former Mooney Drive-in Lot
October, 2008
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

(Far right) The billboard sign on the vacant land stating the property is for sale

(Near right) A look up the old former driveway of the Mooney

Below are more photos of the Mooney Drive-in Theatre from when it was still open for business

 

Mooney marquee at dusk
Visalia, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Mooney ready for business
Visalia, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The drive-in screen
Visalia, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Mooney ticket booth
Visalia, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Mooney screen
Visalia, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Snack bar and projection booth
Visalia, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

 

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