Sunset Drive-In

255 Elks Lane,
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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Sunset Drive-In

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Independently owned and operated, this is one of the few remaining drive-in theatres in Southern California that’s still screening films. It’s just before the famous Madonna Inn, on the right side of Highway 101 (the screen is difficult to miss) heading northbound.

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bojeta on July 17, 2006 at 9:17 pm

Glad to hear one of the good guys is running the Sunset. Being a Poly grad, and living just down the road in Santa Maria, I’m gonna make it a point to head up to SLO and see a flic at the Sunset. I’ll take my `47 Plymouth!

I feel really lucky to live close to two of the few remaining drive-ins in CA. There used to be two running at once here in Santa Maria, but the Park Aire Drive-In closed down in the early `90’s to make room for yet another housing development.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 8, 2006 at 5:44 am

Another recent photo of the Sunset Drive-In marquee can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 26, 2007 at 7:43 am

This is a 2007 photo of the Sunset Drive-In and here is another.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 24, 2008 at 11:09 am

Here is another photo of the Sunset Drive-In.

Alison on July 23, 2008 at 7:23 pm

I grew up going to the Sunset Drive-in in the 60’s and 70’s and took my kids there often in the 80’s. I’ve since moved to the East Coast but am coming home for a family reunion. I’m looking forward to taking my grand-children to see a movie there! What a hoot!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 23, 2008 at 7:54 pm

This link will give you the movie schedule for the Sunset Drive-In.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 25, 2008 at 5:58 pm

Car capacity in 1975 was 500.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 14, 2009 at 10:27 pm

From the March 18, 1950, issue of Boxoffice Magazine: “Also set to open in April is the Sunset in San Luis Obispo, a 500-car drive-in owned by Don McClaren and Charles Pasquini. McClaren, a former branch manager for J.P. Filbert Co. here, served as his own architect.”

J.P. Filbert Co. was a theater supply outfit in Los Angeles.

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