Parkwood Auto Movies
31260 Oat Valley Road,
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William Blair, who operated downtown Cloverdale’s Blair Theatre, launched the Parkwood Auto Movies Drive-In on July 21, 1960 with a double feature of “Portrait in Black” starring Lana Turner and “Too Soon for Love” (Teenage Lovers) starring Jennifer West. Free orchids were provided for females on opening night and the kids got free ice cream. The theatre had a screen size of 68' in height and 105' in width. KJAX radio did a live remote from the gala opening.
The drive-in was short-lived and went out of business after just four seasons. The final weekend of operation was cut short by one day due to the JFK assassination. The Parkwood Auto Movies closed for November 23, 1963 with a triple feature of “Blood Feast”, “Naked Spur”, and “Killer Ape”. The former drive-in hosted a rodeo the following summer. The screen tower was eventually demolished.
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