Twin City Drive-In

1615 S. Gold Street,
Centralia, WA 98531

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Located on the 1600 block of S. Gold Street between Centralia and Chehalis. The Twin City Drive-In was opened prior to October 1950, when it was operated by Robert S. Clark of Saffle Theatre Services, Seattle.

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SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on October 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Thanks to Ken and Jack O. from the Rodeo for telling me about the Twin City. My first stop was in 2000, relatively still intact. After the marquee was removed in ‘02, I stopped my visits because I would see transients hanging around the box office, which eventually burned down. By 2005, the county decided to raze the property and fence off the perimeter. You can still see some of the pavement for the main entrance and exit lane coming out of field one.

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on October 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm

really nice pictures! thanks for sharing!!

KenLayton
KenLayton on October 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Around 1995, James Jack started painting the outside of the building in yellow color to doll up the place and hide the graffiti. You can see some of the yellow painted portions of the building in some of the pictures. The paint that was on the building in the late 70’s and in the 1980’s was a light green.

KenLayton
KenLayton on October 5, 2013 at 9:19 am

Arthur Allen’s “Drive In Theaters of Western Washington” website had tons of drive in theater pictures. Unfortunately, it was hosted on GeoCities and disappeared several years ago. A mirror of it is here with some additional pictures of the Twin City Drive-In theater:

http://www.oocities.org/hollywood/Pavillion/2216/TwinCity.html

Granted, not all of the pictures got archived, but lots of information is still there.

tsaffle
tsaffle on April 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm

My family owned this great Drive-in during the 70’s. On the weekends we would stay the night at a motel and work the different shifts available. My Mom, sisters, and grandmother made and sold food. My brother and I would walk the grounds with walk talkies looking for people sneaking in. Dad was stuck with the paperwork. I used to collect all of the expired movie posters and still have most of them which I love!

Great memories of a tradition lost.

tsaffle
tsaffle on April 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

I actually was able to locate the marquee through a gentleman named Duke Roorda (I think) and had arranged to recover it from him. In-time I lost his contact info, but if anyone knows of his whereabouts let me know!!!!

KenLayton
KenLayton on April 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm

I have Duke Rorda’s phone numbers. Email me at

KenLayton
KenLayton on January 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm

I have added a hand drawn map that I made of the property layout to the photos page for this theater.

50sSNIPES
50sSNIPES on April 8, 2020 at 3:21 pm

The Twin City Drive-In In Centralia, Unfortunately I Cannot Find The Opening Date To This. But The Earliest Information I Can Find Dates Back As A Sponsor From October 1950.

In February 1951 Just Before Its Reopening For The Season, Police Reported A Robbery At The Twin City That $1,000 And A couple Of Items Were Stolen.

KenLayton
KenLayton on April 8, 2020 at 7:40 pm

Sometimes the theater is listed as being in Chehalis. It is on the border between Centralia and Chehalis.

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