Thunderbird Drive-In

11091 Folsom Boulevard,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

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This drive-in was located beside Highway 50 and Sunrise Boulevard near Sacramento and opened in September 1955. It had a way cool children’s playground there. It was closed in the mid-1970’s and torn down in the early-1980’s.

Contributed by William J Monahan

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 22, 2008 at 7:47 pm

This location is in Rancho Cordova. The address Lost Memory posted is correct.

The theater was scheduled for a fall, 1965, opening, according to an item in the May 31, 1965, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The name had not yet been chosen. The drive-in was being built by National General Corporation, and was slated to accommodate 1,182 cars. The architect was Gale Santocono, of San Francisco.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of October 25, 1965, gives the opening date of National General’s Thunderbird Drive-In as September 1 that year. It also confirms the car capacity as 1,182, and the architect as Gale Santocono.

Backseater on May 14, 2016 at 10:09 am

Saw the original “Planet of the Apes” there in 1968. I was in USAF Navigator School at MAther AFB which was just down the road.

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