Sunnyside Drive-In

5550 E. Olive Avenue,
Fresno, CA 93727

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres

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Sunnyside Drive-In

This drive-in opened on May 26, 1965 with Richard Widmark in “Cheyenee Autumn” & Frank Sinatra in “Robin and the Seven Hoods”. It was equipped for Cinerama, Todd-A-O and 70mm. On January 31, 1975 a second screen was opened. It was closed in 1987. 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.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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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.

dansdriveintheater on November 26, 2018 at 6:43 pm

to the sunnyside drive-in and all of the other drive-ins that have been demolished i have honered them by making a parody of titanium called demolition proof. it is about someone who wants to demolish a drive-in screen but no matter what he does the screen won’t fall!

dansdriveintheater on January 2, 2019 at 8:21 pm

just uploaded a 1972 aerial from historic of the old sunnyside drive-in from when it was still a single screen drive-in

rivest266 on January 30, 2021 at 12:52 pm

Another drive-in grand opening ad with “World’s largest screen” on it from May 26th, 1965. They also laid claim to the “World’s most beautiful Drive-In theatre” claim.

World's largest screenWorld’s largest screen Wed, May 26, 1965 – 48 · The Fresno Bee The Republican (Fresno, California) ·

rivest266 on February 1, 2021 at 10:28 am

2nd screen opened on January 31st, 1975. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on February 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Stopped showing movies in 1987.

dansdriveintheater on February 24, 2021 at 1:19 pm

i remember reading it was 86 this theatre closed. also a brush fire was happening right next to the theatre when i last went by no idea if the raps were affected or not.

dansdriveintheater on December 13, 2022 at 10:51 am

Now a parking lot for an Amazon building the ramps still remain although the swap meet has since closed

davidcoppock on December 14, 2022 at 6:17 am

Opened on 31st January 1975 on screen 1 with “Swiss Family Robinson” and “Old Yeller” and on screen 2 with"Bananas", “Sleeper” and “Play it again Sam”.

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