Sunnyside Drive-In

5550 E. Olive Avenue,
Fresno, CA 93727

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Sunnyside Drive-In

This drive-in opened in 1965 and closed in the late-1980’s. Pacific Theaters used the property for swap meets until the late-1990’s. The grounds had space for 1,612 cars. Everything was demolished in 2004.

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ChristopherStone on April 30, 2006 at 1:53 pm

I remember attending this drive-in shortly after it opened in Fresno’s “top drawer” Sunnyside neighborhood. I remember seeing “Cheyenne Autumn” and “How the West Was Won” there. It’s sad on visits to Fresno these days to see the former theaters now occupied by churches, behemoth malls, or, worse still, demolished.

kencmcintyre on April 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Here is the projection booth. I guess the projectionist needed something to look at during the movie.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 26, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Most of the projectionists,not all, tended to always have issue of PLAYBOY or worse in the booth.

TLSLOEWS on May 26, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Interesting booth photo just like I remember them.

brattybrat on February 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

It actually had 2 screens.

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Drive-In 54 on February 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Uploaded 2002 view. Looks like it was nice DI!!

SteveSwanson on April 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I made 2 stops here, in ‘02 & '03. I’m pretty sure it was demo'ed in 2004. Take a look at the Google Earth timeline from 8/12/03 to 5/2/04. You can see that the screens, snack bar, booths & marquee were removed in that timeframe. What was fascinating was the conditions in '02, almost pristine for being abandoned for so many years. When I came back the next summer, the main screen was reduced to a skeleton frame and the snack bar was tagged by vandals.

It appears that a new swap meet has taken up residence here, website is

janae on August 24, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I saw Aloha Bobby & Rose at the Sunnyside Drive-in, in 1975…..on a first date with my first husband…..brings back good memories ;)

Ladylinda248 on October 29, 2014 at 8:04 pm

My memory is of working there..not for the Drive In part but for the Swap Meet part. 1983 to 1986..I am sad that it is gone, but they have reopened the Swap Meet part again. I haven’t been back there. I am thinking maybe one day, I will venture back.

MichaelGraham on April 23, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Here is a link to a photo of the marquee on Pinterest.

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