South Chester Drive-In

S. Union Avenue & S. Chester Avenue,
Bakersfield, CA 93304

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present site of the So. Chester    2012

The Drive-In was opened on August 14, 1945 with Jimmy Lydon in “When the Lights Go On Again” & Stuart Erwin in “The Great Mike”. It was renamed South Chester Drive-In in 1949. It was closed in the early-1980’s and torn down in 1982. It was Bakersfield’s first drive in. My dad, Jeff Lewis, was co-owner. A truck rental and self storage unit are now on the site.

In later years, Jeff Lewis and his partners built the 99 Drive-In and also bought out the Terrace Drive-In. They owned three drive-in’s total.

Contributed by william lewis

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Have any pictures to share?

CSWalczak on September 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

There are some pictures of this drive-in on its gallery page at

william lewis
william lewis on September 11, 2012 at 5:34 am

Your street view is all WRONG! The So.Chester was at Union Ave and south Chester Ave. I don’t know how to fix it!

william lewis
william lewis on November 16, 2012 at 8:32 am

For more photos,

jwmovies on December 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 3863 South Chester Avenue. Now Lock Up!

davidcoppock on October 11, 2018 at 11:23 am

Opened on 14/8/1945 as Drive-in Theater(with no specific name) with “When the lights go on again” and “The Great Mike”. Renamed South Chester Drive-in in 1949. 600 cars. Closed in early 1980’s. Site is now Penske Truck Rental and lock-up 3 Self Storage.

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