Auto-See Drive-In

935 Market Street,
Yuba City, CA 95991

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Auto-See Drive-In

The Auto-See Drive-In was opened on May 11, 1949 with John Wayne in “Tycoon” & Veronica Lake in “Isn’t It Romantic”. It had space for 500 cars. In 1955, the Auto-See Drive-In was operated by Redwood-Lippert Theatres and was still operating in 1959. It was closed around 1984.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 23, 2008 at 11:46 pm

The Auto-See Drive-In was opened by 1949. According to the November 12, 1949, issue of Boxoffice Magazine, the Yuba City city council received complaints from many citizens about the 600-car operation, citing “…uncontrolled noise, traffic hazards, and the nuisance of scattered trash from the theater.”

kencmcintyre on August 27, 2009 at 1:45 pm

There is a circa 1960s ad for the Auto-See on this page:

TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Another great name for a drive-in.

MichaelKilgore on October 28, 2019 at 9:57 am

The Film Daily Year Book first included the Auto-See in its 1950 edition; with Joe Vogel’s note, that suggests a 1949 opening.

The Auto-See was still outlined in a 1983 topo map, and the ramps were in decent shape in a 1998 aerial, but its final appearance in the Motion Picture Almanac’s drive-in lists was the 1984 edition.

DRIVEIN101 on March 21, 2020 at 7:24 pm

Grand opening was on May 11, 1949. Opening features were “Tycoon” starring John Wayne and “Isn’t It Romantic” starring Veronica Lake.

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