Canyon Drive-In

SW Canyon Road,
Beaverton, OR 97005

300 cars

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Canyon Drive-In

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The Canyon Drive-In opened in 1949. The operators that year were J.H. Sheffield and William Sinclair. Car capacity at that time was 500 although the car capacity is given as 300 in later years. I don’t know when the Canyon Drive-In closed but it is still listed in the 1985 IMPA. Operator given for that year is A.W. Adamson.

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JimKahn on January 13, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Back in the 50’s and 60’s, we used to drive from the Capitol Hill/Burlingame area, westbound, down the Bertha-Beaverton Highway, (Hwy 10), now called the Beaverton Hillsdale Highway and the entrance to the Canyon Drive In was/is now actually the north entrance to Hwy 217! All one has to do is figure out when they designed the freeway, demolished the surrounding businesses and constructed Hwy 217 to figure out the basic closing date of the drive-in. My gut says the very late 60’s/early 70’s. I’d love to see some old photos! I’ll keep looking!

Jim K
Portland, Oregon
(January 13, 2001)

I do have one of their speakers tho! I “acquired” it many, many years ago!


pattitwirler on August 31, 2011 at 7:26 am

The Canyon drive in was first (1950’s) on land between Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy & Canyon Rd (near present day Fred Meyer store). It then moved across to the north side of Canyon Rd (near a mobile home park). There is a shopping complex on that site now. The theater was gone by mid 1970’s.

jwmovies on September 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Approx. addresses for this drive-in were 1) 11705 Southwest Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. 2) 3800 SW Lombard Ave.

retrorussell on September 17, 2012 at 11:27 am

The Canyon Drive-in was around until at least the early 80s. I remember seeing USED CARS on the marquee.

Konnieann on October 4, 2016 at 11:45 am

Could anyone tell me who owned or operated the Canyon Drive-In back in 1966? I’m trying to locate a couple who took me in as my Mother abandoned me at their home. I have a name of Juanita Boldon but not certain if she and her husband were owners or care takers of the Drive In! Any information would truly help me!

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