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 September 10, 1989 and was torn down in October 1989.

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Harvey
Harvey on April 6, 2009 at 2:41 am

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

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on June 17, 2010 at 4:27 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
Logan5 on February 16, 2012 at 11:11 pm

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
bigfoot1076 on September 25, 2014 at 11:36 am

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

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on September 1, 2015 at 12:36 am

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

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on April 21, 2016 at 2:06 am

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

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 10, 2016 at 12:41 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 10:36 am

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.

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