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does anyone know when this photo was taken?
check out the calender, that’s about the time the 99 was torn down!
I still have that clock and it still keeps perfect time
You would have to stand way back in a corner of the lot to see how huge the 99 was. It held 1500 cars!
remember those horrible B rated sci-fi movies from the 1950’s? my dad made a ton of money off of them!
some of those old movie posters are worth money today. I can still remember my dad taking old ones down and stuffing them into those trash cans and throwing them away when he was ready to hang up new ones! thousands of them must have gone through his 3 drive ins over the decades!
The theater had really gotten ratty looking because I took these photos just before it was to be torn down. We always kept them up real nice and tidy.
this photo gives you some tiny idea of how large the 99 was. it held 1500 cars!
this photo was taken just before the 99 was torndown in the fall of 1982. That’s why it’s so ratty looking.
I though that I would give you a correct street view since yours was so wrong.
You can see how old this ad is, the phone number has NO prefix!
We had alot of old photos like this around the house, but over the years they got destroyed and tossed out.
Behind the “bar”
Great addition to the photo line-up! This goes along with the B&W photo of my dad’s photo. I’m just guessing about the date on it. I was all of about 6 years of age when it was taken.
This is what has happened to so many drive ins!
I’m 70 years old and know that my heirs will most likely toss all my old photo and slide collection in the trash. I’m posting them so that they can live on for others to share.
This photo was taken in 1982. The “back” snack bar had, by this time, been boarded up and used for storage.
This is what happened to all 3 of our drive in theaters. The 99, Terrace, and So. Chester are now history!
Your street view is all WRONG! The So.Chester was at Union Ave and south Chester Ave. I don’t know how to fix it!
My dad, Jeff Lewis, was co-owner of the So.Chester and also the 99 and Terrace drive ins
My dad, Jeff Lewis, was co-owner of the Terrace. Him and his partners also owned the 99 and So. Chester drive ins here in Bakersfield,ca.
I’m William Lewis, son of co-owner Jeff Lewis and grew up in and around the So. Chester, Terrace and 99 drive in theaters. My dad was co-owner of all three.
The 99 was enlarged to 1500 cars, the screen enlarged to Cinamascope and a 2nd snack bar adding about 1952.