49'er Drive-In

4450 Marysville Boulevard,
Sacramento, CA 95838

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49'er Drive-In

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Opened in 1950 as the single screen Bell Drive-In. It was located in the Del Paso Heights district of Sacramento. Later renamed 49'er Drive-In, it closed around 2000.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 10, 2009 at 7:25 pm

It looks like it was one screen in 1957:
http://tinyurl.com/yktaqft

DavidDynamic
DavidDynamic on September 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I was intrigued about the placement of six screens— so on the chance there might be something of a ghost image I put the address into Google Earth..The size of this place is incredible—scaled to the highway and the cars passing by. They must have spent a king’s ransom on paving—must have been a real solar collector gathering daytime heat and radiating it during the night’s shows. I wonder what size crew it took to run the place. The Google history shots run from ‘93 to 2011. Interesting how the technology progressed.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on February 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Uploaded 1964 also…

Marklar
Marklar on November 7, 2012 at 12:28 am

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.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Century Circuit Inc and Century Theatres are two entirely different companies. Somebody may want to go through the links for both and make sure of that.

filmman697
filmman697 on December 13, 2015 at 11:42 pm

The original screen was wider at one time. Wind blew one end down and the decision was to just leave it as is. There was a building at the bottom of the main screen. It was the manager’s residence. I don’t know when it was torn down. Early 60’s or before. I can’t remember the transition from one to six screens. Three screens were added, two to the right of the main screen and one at the back of the snack bar. Two more screens were added next to the entrance along with a satellite projection booth. The theater needed upgrades and repairs but the income did not justify the expense. My office was in what used to be the manager’s residence in the new snack bar. After closing, and after repeated break-ins, the final straw was when scrappers removed the main power panel copper bars. Soon after, the building was razed. That must have been around 2002.

Cffeelvr
Cffeelvr on March 28, 2016 at 9:55 am

I actually lived under the large main screen when I was in elementary school and most of the way through junior high, my father was the manager and we were there when they started to add all the screens. What a blast it was to have been a part of this, I even worked in the snack bar for a while in my teen years , my mother took over when my father passed and they Syufy people who owned this drive-in were very good people to us. Thank you for the memories

Cffeelvr
Cffeelvr on March 28, 2016 at 9:57 am

to Tim Hale I remember you this is Sharon the 2nd oldest of the girls. I am married with 2 daughters and 3 grandsons. How has life treated you

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