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Drive-in Theatres California Desert

Sky Drive-In Theatre (Closed)
Yucca Valley, CA
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Welcome to the Sky Theatre on Theatre Road. Once home to a unique tiki-looking ticket booth in the outskirts of town, the Sky View is (yes, you got it), a swap meet!!! The old screen base and speaker posts still remain, as well as the famous ticket booth.

(Far left) The marquee for the Sky Drive-in Theatre in Yucca Valley

(Near left) A shot of the the ticket booth, looking rather beaten in the hot desert sun

 

 

Smiths Ranch Drive-In
29 Palms, CA
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The Smiths Ranch Drive-In sports a marquee that looks as if it belongs in a cartoon. This site appears to be safe from the ravages of construction equipment due to its home in an outlying area of 29 Palms. Just in case, you may want to pay it a visit as often as you can. For $3 a pop, who can go wrong?

 

UPDATE 08/05 : The drive in at Smiths Ranch in Twenty nine Palms is still showing movies. This year they have switched to one per night, no more double features. But you can take a lounge chair, your ice chest and snacks and sit outside and watch that big screen action under the stars. It is great fun. Many thanks to Linda Winters for update 08-05

 

 

Skyline Drive-in Theatre
Barstow, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Skyline Drive-In located in Barstow, CA sits on the outskirts of this old mining town. Close to the Interstate 15, the Skyline still opens on a daily basis.

To the bottom right is a shot of the Skyline theatre with the its new 2nd screen in the background at the right. Now there's a second choice of movie for a given night.

 

 

Motor Vu Drive-in Theatre (Closed)
Imperial, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Whew, what is that smell? On a hot, humid evening in Imperial, California, the Motor Vu Drive-in Theatre sits and waits for its first car. And sits. And waits even more. Was it the putrid smell, or the high humidity? Whatever it was, cars weren't exactly storming through the gates on this typical summer evening.

 

Motor Vu marquee showing Saving Private Ryan
Imperial, CA
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Ticket Booth guy getting ready for a busy evening
Imperial, CA
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The lot is home to a classic marquee, worth the price (or drive) of admission alone. Just don't be like yours truly and head the wrong way on Aten Road despite racing against the sun.

 

UPDATE 07/13 : As they say (who's they?), all good things must come to an end. The Motor Vu, like many other of its brothers and sisters, closed up permanently in April 2013. Word is the closure was due to low attendance and simply not making enough money to stay open. Many thanks to David Hughes for update. 07-13

 

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