1819 Fruitvale Boulevard,
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Built in 1966 as a three-screen drive-in called Fruitvale 410 Drive-In, as US Route 410 went through Yakima at the time. (The route was taken over by U.S. Route 12.) In 1972, the drive-in would create a “Cinema Centre”, or an indoor theater within the outdoor drive-in.
In September 1974, theater owner James Bonholzer was involved in an obscenity trial for showing “Deep Throat” in the Cinema Centre. Since he did not meet “community standards”, a judge fined Bonholzer $1,000 and was told to destroy the film.
The drive-in was torn down in 1985. A car lot sits next to where the drive-in used to be. As of June 2012, the land remains untouched, and online satellite maps show where the snack bar, cinema centre, and screen used to be. The fence on N. 20th Avenue still has an arrow sign for the entrance, and the car lot now uses the drive-in marquee as their own.
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