Pickwick Drive-In

1100 W. Alameda Avenue,
Burbank, CA 91506

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Pacific's Pickwick Drive-In

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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 and torn down in 1989.

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shoeshoe14 on September 6, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Was mentioned in the documentary “Drive-In Movie Memories” in 2001.

Tillmany on September 22, 2008 at 12:14 am

Pickwick Drive-In Theatre is featured in Columbia’s 1950 film “He’s a Cockeyed Wonder” with Mickey Rooney. On the marquee is the Columbia feature “Fuller Brush Girl” with Lucille Ball and Eddie Albert, and “A Girl’s Best Friend,” a non-existent film, which is apparently the second feature, and the one in progress. A uniformed female usher greets the driver, takes his money, and gets his ticket from the nearby cashier, in a glass-enclosed booth; then a uniformed male usher, with flashlight, directs the car to an available parking spot, and places the speaker on the car window. We get to see a bit of “A Girl’s Best Friend” with Richard Quine and Lola Albright as the uncredited couple, in the usual situation, in the front seat of a convertible, before trouble in the theatre breaks out.

Harvey on April 6, 2009 at 4:41 am

The Pickwick plays in role in 1976’s ST IVES starring Charles Bronson.

MagicLantern on June 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Now a large development with a Pavilions and a Staples. You can see on Google Maps where the screen was – at the bottom right corner of the lot.

Logan5 on February 17, 2012 at 1:11 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 1:36 pm

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

davidcoppock on September 1, 2015 at 2:36 am

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

davidcoppock on April 21, 2016 at 4:06 am

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

davidcoppock on May 10, 2016 at 2:41 am

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

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