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Mooney Drive-in Theatre (Demolished)
Visalia, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


The Mooney Drive-in Theatre of Visalia, California not only features a fantastic marquee, it's still open! Drop by on any summer evening and join the throng of cars entering the driveway. Or else say hello to "Mr. Mooney" on the marquee.

 

UPDATE 12/06 : The Mooney Drive-in Theatre closed for good on September 9, 2006 after being open since the late 1940's. See more photos and information at Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures tribute to the Mooney Drive-in Theatre.

Check out this YouTube video showing the last day of the Mooney. 12-06

 

 

Hi-way Drive-in Theatre
Santa Maria, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Travelers to Santa Maria will be happy to find that the Hi-Way Drive-In Theatre is still sporting its unique googie sign. An "open" open-air theatre, the Hi-Way appeared to be in great condition. The grounds were immaculate and the screen tower, marquee, and ticket booth well kept up.

(Far left) The screen tower at the Hi-Way Drive-in

(Left) Nicely kept up ticket booth

 

 

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

 

 

Kings Drive-in Theatre ticket booth (Closed)
Hanford, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


Off Route 99 in Hanford, California is the Kings Drive-in Theatre. A rather unique ticket booth adorns this drive-in site, however the screen tower is rather drab. Nothing like racing against the clock to see the ticket booth though, especially when the mapping software gets the addresses mixed up...

(Near right) Here's a shot of the entranceway to the King's Drive-in as sun was starting to set on this summer evening

(Far right) The box office at the King's Drive-in looks somewhat Dutch in style. The theatre was still open for business in 2009

Below are more photos of the King's Drive-in theatre, including the screen tower and another shot of the entrance to the drive-in. 04-09

 

King's Drive-in screen tower
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The entranceway
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

UPDATE 07/09 : The Kings Drive-in closed in October of 2012 after its summer movie season. The drive-in is supposed to be torn down and turned into some retail shops.

According to ABC30 News, the owner is closing due to dwindling attendance, continuous and costly vandalism, and a required pricey investment in digital projection equipment that would also require a building retrofit. Many thanks to David Hughes for update. 07-13

 

 

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