Pickwick Drive-In

1100 W. Alameda Avenue,
Burbank, CA 91506

Unfavorite 8 people favorited this theater

Help us make this street view more accurate

Please adjust the view until the theater is clearly visible. more info

Pacific's Pickwick Drive-In

Viewing: Photo | Street View

Burbank’s Pickwick Drive-In opened May 12, 1949 and had space for 781 cars.

Operated by Pacific Theatres, the theater is perhaps best known as the site of the World Premiere of Mel Brooks’s "Blazing Saddles". Warner Brothers held the premiere at this drive-in and the guests were led in on horses.

The Pickwick Drive-In was closed September 10, 1989 and was torn down in October 1989.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 26 comments)

Logan5 on February 17, 2012 at 7:11 am

Info I’ve found says the Pickwick was open May 12, 1949 to September 15, 1989. It was operated by: Cal-Pac Drive-In Theatres, Inc., and then by Pacific Theatres. Vehicle capacity was around 750. Unfortunately I never saw a movie here but I remember driving by there just before it was closed in 1989. It was demolished around late-1989 and replaced by the “Rancho Marketplace” shopping center (Vons Pavillion, Denny’s). The Pickwick Gardens entertainment complex (banquet rooms, bowling, ice skating, etc.) is still in operation just to the south (behind the shopping center) on Riverside Drive.

bigfoot1076 on September 25, 2014 at 7:36 pm

I recall many pleasant movie dates at the Pickwick drive-in, 1959 -1960

davidcoppock on September 1, 2015 at 8:36 am

The Pickwick Drive-in was used in the movie Grease(for the Drive-in scene?).

davidcoppock on April 21, 2016 at 10:06 am

Does anyone know why the drive-in was called Pickwick?

davidcoppock on May 10, 2016 at 8:41 am

Was the Pickwick Drive-in the first drive-in in the world to had a world premiere(Blazing saddles)?

Kenmore on June 18, 2016 at 6:36 pm

The Pickwick Drive-In was also used in an episode of “The Rockford Files” where federal agents chase Rockford and Angel in his vehicle into the drive-in during the daytime.

DavidZornig on January 11, 2018 at 1:41 am

1989 image added via Rick Watts.

davidcoppock on January 28, 2018 at 3:19 pm

The two films seen in the drive-in scene in the movie Grease are(“The Blob”(i think?), a film staring Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin(opening credits of a unnamed movie seen briefly).

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater