Sacramento 6 Drive-In

9616 Oates Road,
Sacramento, CA 95827

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Marklar
Marklar on February 3, 2013 at 6:24 am

I have a lot of good memories of the Sacramento 6 drive in. I have been going there since I was a kid and still go with my girlfriend now. To me its better than a regular theater because if the movie sucks you still get to enjoy a beautiful summer night outside and the drive-in makes bad movies more bearable. I’ve seen some classics here (Jurassic Park, Waynes World, Back to the Future II & III) and some not-so-classics (Super Mario Bros. The Movie, Richie Rich, The Flintstones Movie).

I was lucky to get a behind the scenes look at the drive in in 2004 when I was working for a local radio station, KWOD 106.5, and we did a couple classic movie nights at the Sacramento 6. Back then it was thought that the Sacramento 6 was closing for good and we we’re throwing it a going away party. We had local rock bands playing there, free double features, people showed up by the truck loads! Little did we know our going away party wouldn’t really be that because almost 10 years later its still going strong even in the winter months. But in the summer the lines have been known to be backed up to the busy street and over the Highway 50 overpass. I know one day it will be gone but from the looks of it that might not be any time soon.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on August 31, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Even in the recession, this drive-in is doing good business

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brandonharry
brandonharry on June 4, 2010 at 11:51 pm

I was a projectionist at the Sacramento 6 from the ‘80s until the mid '90s (and worked for Century Theaters for a few years after that). We opened “Three Men and a Baby” in November 1987 as a main feature, and as is often the case, it moved to become a co-feature (second feature) after a few weeks. However, it was very popular and stayed as a co-feature for one movie or another, continuously, for nearly a year. I remember my friend (and fellow projectionist) and I were, by summer of '88, amazed every week when we got the bookings that “Three Men and a Baby” was still going to play. I remember it going into late summer/early fall of '88. I don’t think it made it a full year, but it came really close, more than 34 weeks. That was very unusual, but I think there were a few films that rivaled 30-something weeks of play back then.

Coate
Coate on May 20, 2010 at 9:16 pm

This drive-in had a 34-week engagement of the original “Star Wars” during 1977-78, which was (tied with the Winchester Drive-In as) the longest drive-in run of “Star Wars” in the United States. And I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the all-time record for a drive-in booking of any movie. Anyone know of any films that played at a drive-in for longer than 34 weeks?

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 20, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Nice slideshow.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on March 16, 2010 at 5:03 am

Website should be changed to www.westwinddi.com

April99
April99 on April 8, 2009 at 7:53 am

Still open! Speak with your $$$ and they will keep it open! I’m planning to go this weekend if the rain clears up!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 2, 2007 at 11:43 pm

Here is an August 2004 story when it appeared that the theater would soon close:
http://tinyurl.com/237heu

scheb
scheb on October 29, 2007 at 4:38 am

West Wind is a front company for Syufy Enterprises. Apparently when Syufy sold Century Theaters to Cinemark, they kept Century 21, 22, & 23 in San Jose. They also kept all the drive-ins under the West Wind name. Check it out at: http://www.westwinddriveins.com/

As of October 28, Fandango is still showing listings for the Sac 6 drive-in.

tawny
tawny on August 8, 2007 at 9:35 pm

I agree with jsanford… i think they should keep one open and sell tix online.. buy tix for a night that you would like to go to the drive ins…when the max capacity is reached.. you would have to buy for another night…..i guarntee it would sell more tix than the indoor movies…it would be sold out everynight!!!!!!!! AND WE COULD STILL HAVE A DRIVE-IN IN OUR TOWN!!!!!

blurose2002
blurose2002 on July 7, 2007 at 12:49 am

I found a site that gives the movie times including the double feature showings.

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Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 8, 2007 at 1:19 am

Designed by Vincent Raney for Syufy Enterprises. Opened 6/26/1973. Currently operated as a West Wind Drive-In.

Zoren
Zoren on June 4, 2007 at 2:33 pm

Just when you thought this drive in was safe for a few more years this information comes out:

http://www.sacbee.com/orangevale/story/198334.html

Yep that’s right Sacramento county Planners have actually approved the project to tear it down. after it’s gone the only nearest Drive in will be three hours away in San Jose. I’m sad to see it go but I guess that’s just the greet of our society. who cares to save something that’s the last of it’s kind when you can make more money building another strip mall.

jjmaccrimmon
jjmaccrimmon on April 11, 2007 at 9:32 pm

I’m very pleased to say that this theater complex appears to still be operating. A Google search yeilded the following:

http://sacramento.citysearch.com/profile/11278450/

There are several more listings with movies being shown as double features.

JasonBalch
JasonBalch on November 3, 2006 at 9:45 pm

The theatre has changed ownership, as Century Theatres has ceased operations and have sold off most of their screens to Cinemark. The Drive-ins that Century operated have been aquired by the Westwind Drive-Ins Company.

As of today, the Sacramento 6 has turned off their telephone recorded announcement, and dropped all listings in Yahoo! movies and the local paper. Hopefully this is a temporary issue…

JasonBalch
JasonBalch on March 31, 2006 at 12:06 am

As of March 2006, this one’s still going…but catch it while you can. Century is shuttering their drive-in operations, and it’s too late to make the drive to Marysville; That one’s gone now, too.

Carstud
Carstud on November 6, 2004 at 8:33 pm

I found this recently on the planning proposal for development of this theater. I am going to write a letter saying that should allow some building but still have the drive-in’s. This would be similar to what was done at the Capitol Drive-In in San Jose,Ca. This works very well in San Jose,Ca. I have been there many times. I don’t want to have to drive to Marysville to go to the drive-in. The City ordiances for Sac county say that there can be no flea markets at the drive-in theaters. I feel this should be change as well to allow for more use in hope of keeping the theaters a viable option.

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RobertR
RobertR on October 1, 2004 at 10:33 pm

Tell me if this idea holds any water? What about opening drive-ins in the huge parking lots of malls or other buildings that dont have night time crowds? The screen would not really be in the way in the daytime and the back of it could actually be used for advertising, and all you would need is a building that housed the projectors, restrooms and concession stand.

sntsven
sntsven on October 1, 2004 at 10:20 pm

Here is an article posted on sacramentoartscene.com, usesoap.com, sent to the Sacramento News & Review, and Century Theaters.

Landmarks v. Multiplexes
Yes, that’s plural. Multiplexes. They are threatening Sacramento’s Historic (?) landmarks and winning. The Tower Theatre, yes, theatre with movie screens and the Crest Theatre with movie screens is being threatened by movie screens, and the Sacramento 6 Drive-In is being conquered by, yes you guessed it, movie screens. How many screens do we need to see movies? Some theaters show the same movie on 3 different screens, that’s at the same theater. Not independent films but major motion pictures. The Tower Theater with its 3 screens, and the Crest with its 2 screens show independent and avant-garde films that the modern multiplexes won’t show. Even with 10, 12 or 20+ screens they would rather show Spiderman 2 (just an example) on 3 screens each.
Sacramento 6 Drive-In has apparently become the latest victim of the greed. Century Theaters who owns the drive-in and the land is planning to tear it down to build, guess what, a multi-screen complex. More movie screens. The landmark has been around since 1972 and is reported to be one of their best money-making drive-ins. But that isn’t enough. Oh no, we need yet another 20+ screen complex so Spiderman 2 can be seen on 3 screens there, too, not more than 20 minutes from other multiplexes. With a 7 screen multiplex downtown at 5th & K St. now being planned to be moved to 7th & K St. and increased to 12 screens with a $6 million city subsidy and free rent for 2 years and a 10 screen complex moving in across from the Crest Theatre, that would be 42 + movie screens less than 20 minutes apart, not including the Tower and Crest screens, and don’t forget about the Century Theatre and the 4 screens at Arden fair Mall just up the freeway less than 10 minutes away. These multiplexes have done and are doing what Wal-Mart is doing to the small businesses. Look at the Colonial Theatre, 49er Drive-In, Fox Theatre on K St., The Lyric Theatre, The Village Theatre, Alhambra Theatre, Grand Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Birdcage Walk Cinemas, the theaters that used be on Manzanita Blvd., and now Sacramento 6 Drive-Ins.
What would it take to keep the Drive-Ins open? True the theater is in disrepair but that is due to the impending closure. Why put money into it if you plan to close it and tear it down. How about sponsors? I would rather not see Pepsi, Nintendo, etc. or even commercials before a movie but I’ll take it if that is what it takes to keep it open. Put up 10’ x 12’ wood planks around the perimeter and sell space to sponsors like you see at minor league ballparks. This could create a little sound barrier as well as bring in $$$ that could subsidize some of the potential $$$ from a multi-screen complex. Line the bathrooms walls with advertising. That could easily cover renovation costs and extra $$$ toward the potential $$$. How much will it cost to tear it all down and build a new complex? If you don’t tear it down there is more money that could be applied toward the potential $$$. And if the drive-ins are repaired and maintained that could draw in more movie-goers, and increase that potential $$$. Bring in some swap meets, have more themed movie nights, get radio stations involved in give-aways, all this toward more $$$ coming in.
How about building the proposed mall and a smaller 10 screen complex on the lot and tear down 2 drive-in screens instead of all 6. I would be very happy to have a Sacramento 4 Drive-In. Best of both worlds. Century Theaters – You get your mall and multi-screen complex and still keep possibly one of your best drive-ins continuing to bring in $$$. And you can still sell sponsor space at the drive-ins. Sacramento gets to keep one of its disappearing landmarks. What will it take to keep the drive-ins open?

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on September 1, 2004 at 8:42 pm

Syufy also operated a number of drive-ins in the San Francisco Bay Area and now they operate only 2—The Solano 1 & 2 (seasonal—Memorial Day to Labor Day) in Concord and the Capitol 6 in San Jose. Both are still popular, although there have been rumors of the Solano’s demise for the last two years.

JSanford
JSanford on August 6, 2004 at 6:26 am

Apparently the place is pure profit since Syuffy aka Century owns the land outright. It was announced recently that after years of rumors the Sac-6 will definately close at the end of this summer, although the completion date for the new 20 screen indoor theater has not been set.
It would be nice if they kept just one screen for nostalgia, there is more than enough room on the property for the new theater and more.

mobayqt
mobayqt on July 3, 2004 at 12:40 am

There are so many memories surrounding the drive-ins. I’ve been going there since I was 6 and now I’m 20. Is it possible for it to be considered a historical landmark for Sacramento and save it from being another dumb shopping center. There are enough shopping centers all over Sacramento. This sadly is the last drive in in Sacramento and one of the last in Calfirnia. I think if they went about advertising for it differently, they could improve ticket sales and its status. I’m sick of all the fun things in Sacramento getting kicked to the curb for more shopping centers.

Daniella2829
Daniella2829 on April 9, 2004 at 7:10 pm

I cant believe that our country is so greedy. Me and my boyfriend love to go to and get something to eat, grab a pillow from home and go to the drive-in to relax and get away from everything else. We go once in a while and I cant imagine never going again. There are no more drive-ins around me. We have no more traditions around. We have a million shopping centers and no drive-ins anymore. When exactly are they shutting the drive-in down?

I just went three nights ago. So they are still open.

Daniella