Madera 2 Drive-In

201 W. Lincoln Avenue,
Madera, CA 93638

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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.

Predator on February 8, 2017 at 7:51 pm

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

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

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MovieOffers on June 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Please change the link to their website:

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.

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

Opened in 1948 as the El Rio Drive-In.