Arcata Drive-In

1635 Heindon Road,
Arcata, CA 95521

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MichaelKilgore on May 12, 2019 at 2:12 pm

The 1956 aerial showed an empty field. It’s there by 1972 and gone by 1989 even though a 1988 topo map shows its outline.

Motion Picture Almanac drive-in list mentions:

  • 1960-61: Meribel Drive-In, capacity 500, owner Walter Bell

  • 1962-66: Arcata Drive-In, 500, Theatre Management
  • 1967-76: Arcata, 500 (no owner info)
  • 1977-82: Arcata, 500, M. Thomas
  • 1983-88: Arcata, 1 screen, R. Rickard
  • By the way, the MPA eventually added a second drive-in in Arcata, though it could have been the decades-old Midway that was between Arcata and Eureka.

    • 1985-88: Midway, 1 screen, R. Rickard

    The North Coast Journal wrote on March 26, 2009 that Bob Rickard’s career “included running the 299 Drive-in in Willow Creek then the Arcata and Midway drive-ins”.

    Kenmore on May 12, 2019 at 6:12 am

    A closer address (at least for Google Maps) is 1635 Heindon Rd, Arcata, CA. This is the current address of the Arcata Chamber of Commerce which sits at the front of the old entrance road to the drive-in.

    Today, the chamber, a couple of federal offices, and a trailer park sit on the property. There is no trace of the drive-in remaining.