Sundowner Drive-In

Anchorage, AK

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pdofak on June 30, 2013 at 8:45 pm

saw Mother, Jugs, and Speed there.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on January 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm

I just wonder how a drive-in could operate in Alaska. In winter, it is too cold to go to a drive-in, and in summer, with so many hours of daylight, I imagine they had to start very late. I worked at drive-ins in Richmond, Virginia, and in the summer it was nine o'clock or later before we could start. And most of our drive-ins closed up in the winter.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 29, 2011 at 10:24 am

Ken Mc.great stuff.

aerogami on May 6, 2010 at 1:59 am

Ken mc, that crime story is funny stuff.

icecat95 on March 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I also spent many night at this drive-in…Late nights to be sure but great memories..

If anyone has any phots, would love to see them..

SteveNY on April 2, 2009 at 8:29 am

On June 3, 1974 Savoy Brown played an outdoor concert at the Sundowner Drive In. Their opening act was a relatively new band called Kiss!

A stage was built in front of the movie screen. We had to wait until almost 11PM for the show to start since the bands arrived at 10:00 on the Northwest flight from Seattle. The sun didn’t set until midnight so the first part of the show was in daylight.

kencmcintyre on September 29, 2007 at 6:56 pm

The 1981 IMPA gives the capacity as 600 cars. Operator was Wometco Theaters at that time. This was the only drive-in listed in Alaska. In 1963 the state didn’t have a listing in the IMPA. In 1970 the Sundowner and the Pillikin Drive-In are listed, both in Anchorage.

shopdown on August 2, 2006 at 7:42 pm

The projection booth for the drive in was the same one for the main screen, just the machines where pointed to the rear. The drive in was closed when i worked for wometco, it’s former space was the lower parking lot for the Fireweed

RickB on March 26, 2005 at 1:48 pm

On the other hand, being close to “The Land of the Midnight Sun” must have led to some awfully late starting times for shows in June and July!

Manwithnoname on March 22, 2005 at 7:03 am

I would think that a drive-in in a place where there is no sun for months would do well except you better wear those long and wooleys!