Southgate Indoor Outdoor Theater

7700 Stockton Boulevard,
Sacramento, CA 95823

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 29, 2013 at 9:08 am

During the early days of drive-ins, combination indoor-outdoor theaters were fairly common in regions where winters are harsh. I was a bit surprised to hear that there had been such a theater in palmy Sacramento until I remembered the winter tule fogs that often plague the Central Valley. There were probably many nights when the outdoor screen would have been hard to see even from the front rows, and even assuming that the image from the projector could have reached the screen without fading and blurring.

The Southgate Indoor-Outdoor Theatre is one of several drive-ins featured on this page at Historic Aerials. The United Artists operation opened in 1964 and closed in 1979, according to the author of the caption of the aerial view taken during the early stage of construction. There is now a discount department store on the site.