49'er Drive-In

4450 Marysville Boulevard,
Sacramento, CA 95838

650 cars

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49'er Drive-In

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The 49'er Drive-In opened in 1950 as the single screen Bell Drive-In. It was located in the Del Paso Heights district of Sacramento. The 49'er Drive-In closed around 2000.

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kencmcintyre on December 10, 2009 at 7:25 pm

It looks like it was one screen in 1957:

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…

Tim Hale
Tim Hale on September 21, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I loved this theater and living two doors down from the lady and her daughters that managed the 49er and knowing them personally was such a pleasure.You could say i grew up at this theater and i mean that.Its truley sad to see outdoor theaters dieing off like this.You just cannot get the same exsperience from a walkin theater.

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.

Tim Hale
Tim Hale on January 4, 2015 at 9:41 am

I made a tribute video for this movie theater if anyone would like to watch it.This theater was my favorite and I felt it was only fitting that I should make this video in the loving memory of this lost treasure. http://youtu.be/abyWsBsVx3I

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.

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