South Chester Drive-In

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

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MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 11, 2019 at 11:29 pm

From the July 9, 1949 issue of BoxOffice:

BAKERSFIELD, CALIF. – Bakersfield’s first drive-in theatre, bought several months ago by Lloyd Miller and his associates William and Joe Gannon and Owen Clark, was reopened recently with new projection equipment, restrooms and an enormous snack bar.

The drive-in, located on South Chester avenue at the junction of Highway 99, popularly called “the busiest highway in the world,” was renamed the South Chester Drive-In, and is a companion theatre to the recently opened 99 Drive-In, located on the opposite side of town and also owned by Miller and his associates.

The South Chester has a 60-foot screen tower which dominates the lower end of the San Joaquin Valley, and is the first thing that can be seen by the thousands of cars that dip down from Fresno into the cotton and oil bowl.

The huge snack bar can serve 1,000 persons in 15 minutes with its rapid-service soft drink equipment and huge commercial popcorn poppers. RCA sound and projection equipment also was installed.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 11, 2018 at 2:23 pm

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.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm

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

william lewis
william lewis on November 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

For more photos, http://www.flickr.com/photos/89107783@N05/sets/

william lewis
william lewis on September 11, 2012 at 8:34 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!

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm

There are some pictures of this drive-in on its gallery page at Drive-ins.com.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Have any pictures to share?