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I only attended the Regency once in my life before it closed but I remember when I was a young teenager if we were in the area and drove by it I would always wonder how cool it would be to see porn on a big screen. So when I turned 18, circa 2001, me and a friend of mine had to go check this place out. I remember when we pulled up to the place you had to park around back, as soon as you drive around back there were suspect looking guys just kind of hanging out in the shadows. When you walked in there was a snack bar in the very front, we were making jokes about what kind of person buys Goobers and Mr. Pibb then watches a porno? The guy working there was a good guy, he gave us a little history of the place and even let us go into the theater for a little bit. Sadly the theater wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, it was just a DVD playing on a projector. At the time I didn’t realize porn hadn’t been made on 35 mm for years. This is when I learned the reality of what a porno theater really is, just a bunch of horny dudes sitting in a dark theater. Yes, I’m not going to lie-when me and my friend were 18 we thought the porno theater would be a good place to find easy ladies, when we told this to the guy working the snack bar/ticket booth he chuckled at us and told us we were in the wrong place. After this we purchased some shrink wrapped “porno magazines” that ended up being swingers catalogs full of some of the most unattractive people you would ever see. There was a time in my early teens when my hormones were running wild the idea of a porno theater or a porno store was interesting but once I was 18 I had to see what these places were about and what I found was the people who hang out there can be disturbing and depressing.
I would like to see some pics of this place as well. Its cool that even after being closed for 20 years you can still tell it was a drive-in.
I saw Problem Child here when I was, maybe, 7 years old. Even at that age I knew what an annoying piece of garbage that movie was.
I have a lot of good memories of the Sacramento 6 drive in. I have been going there since I was a kid and still go with my girlfriend now. To me its better than a regular theater because if the movie sucks you still get to enjoy a beautiful summer night outside and the drive-in makes bad movies more bearable. I’ve seen some classics here (Jurassic Park, Waynes World, Back to the Future II & III) and some not-so-classics (Super Mario Bros. The Movie, Richie Rich, The Flintstones Movie).
I was lucky to get a behind the scenes look at the drive in in 2004 when I was working for a local radio station, KWOD 106.5, and we did a couple classic movie nights at the Sacramento 6. Back then it was thought that the Sacramento 6 was closing for good and we we’re throwing it a going away party. We had local rock bands playing there, free double features, people showed up by the truck loads! Little did we know our going away party wouldn’t really be that because almost 10 years later its still going strong even in the winter months. But in the summer the lines have been known to be backed up to the busy street and over the Highway 50 overpass. I know one day it will be gone but from the looks of it that might not be any time soon.
Those grand stands in the back are a trip! Could people sit up there and watch movies or where they off limits?
I’m going to have to look up when this drive-in closed. It looks like it closed down yesterday, everything is left perfect. The music was perfect. Awesome video!
Are those benches in front of the screen?
A photo on the back of No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom album has a good picture of the band standing in front of one of the screens at the Orange Drive-In.
I think the first movie I saw here was Jurassic Park: The Lost World but I vividly remember seeing the re-released Star Wars movies here in 1997.
Small multiplex theater in the Mission Viejo Mall. Saw the first Austin Powers movie here in 1996.
I remember growing up and always wanting to go to this drive in but we never went because the Sacramento 6 was a lot closer. That all changed in 1999 when I went to 49er Drive In for my first and only time to see the first “Scary Movie”. By the time I got my drivers licence it had already closed down. RIP 49er, I wish I could have got to know you better.
Wow! I remember this old theater when I was growing up. The movies I saw here we’re Jurassic Park, Surf Ninjas, and Captain Ron. It was located in a neighborhood that doesn’t have the best reputation and around 1993 or 94 somebody got shot in one of the theaters. It was closed shortly after and turned into a church.
I got busted sneaking into Star Trek: First Contact here when I was in the jr. high.