Pickwick Drive-In

1100 W. Alameda Avenue,
Burbank, CA 91506

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Pacific's Pickwick Drive-In

Burbank’s Pickwick Drive-In opened May 12, 1949 with Marguerite Chapman in “The Green Promise”. It 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 28 comments)

bigfoot1076
bigfoot1076 on September 25, 2014 at 8:36 pm

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

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on September 1, 2015 at 9:36 am

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

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on April 21, 2016 at 11:06 am

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

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 10, 2016 at 9:41 am

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

Kenmore
Kenmore on June 18, 2016 at 7:36 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
DavidZornig on January 11, 2018 at 2:41 am

1989 image added via Rick Watts.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on January 28, 2018 at 4:19 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).

Mister_Comics
Mister_Comics on September 24, 2018 at 11:43 pm

The Pickwick Drive-In was used for scenes in the 1976 movie Kiss of the Tarantula. A brief glimpse of the marquee is shown in the movie.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 3, 2018 at 7:11 am

Opened with “The Green promise”. Site is now Rancho Marketplace Shopping Center.

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