Madera 2 Drive-In

201 East Lincoln Avenue,
Madera, CA 93638

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Madera 2 Drive-In

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The Merced Sun-Star says that this is one of the last drive-ins in the San Joaquin Valley.

The El Rio Drive-In was opened October 27, 1948. It has been owned since 1972 by brothers Bobby and Shawn Gran who also own the Movie Cinema 6. It is open from May to September and there is always a double feature on both screens and a swap meet every Sunday.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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Frank Saburit
Frank Saburit on February 21, 2005 at 2:59 am

Opened in 1948 as the El Rio Drive-In.

STELLARB
STELLARB on February 21, 2005 at 9:10 pm

My favorite drive-in.Glad to see it is represented at this site.I go at least once every couple weeks during movie season.

MovieOffers
MovieOffers on June 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Please change the link to their website: http://playingtoday.com/drive-ins/madera-drive-in/

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm

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Predator
Predator on February 8, 2017 at 7:51 pm

The El Rio Drive-In opened on October 27th, 1948.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on February 13, 2017 at 10:32 pm

This changing name business is pretty confusing. The 1948-49 Theatre Catalog lists the Madera Drive-In as under construction. The 1949-50 edition lists the El Rio in operation, as does the 1952 and 1955-56 editions.

The 1956 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures lists, for Madera CA, both the El Rio Drive-In and the Madera Drive-In. The 1964 edition lists only the El Rio, so I’m guessing the second drive-in in ‘56 was a crossed wire.

On the other hand, the 1984 International Motion Picture Almanac shows the only drive-in in Madera as the single-screen Park Vu Drive In, owned by R. Gran. And the 1995 edition of Goodridge’s Guide to Flea Markets also mentions the Park Vu Drive-In Flea Market at 201 Lincoln. It was definitely known as the Madera by 2004, so the Park Vu must have been an intermediate name.

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