Thunderbird Drive-In

11091 Folsom Boulevard,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

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Backseater on May 14, 2016 at 6:09 pm

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 26, 2009 at 12:38 am

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 23, 2008 at 3:47 am

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.