El Rancho 4 Drive-In

555 El Rancho Drive,
Sparks, NV 89431

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El Rancho 4 Drive-In

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The El Rancho Drive-In opened August 19, 1950 as a single-screen drive-in. Over the years, it has grown to four screens. There is parking for over 560 cars and FM sound. The drive-in was operated by the Century Theatres chain. The El Rancho also hosts a swap meet.

It is now operated by the West Winds Drive-Ins chain.

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RetroFan on March 7, 2006 at 12:30 pm

After all these years, this is still a fun place to visit! I worried during the mid 80’s the place would close. Still a fun destination on hot summer nights.
The best “Drive-In fare” would play here in the ‘60’s and '70’s. Everything from the “Planet of the Apes” films, horror films, “Swinging Cheerleaders”-type T&A films to the latest blockbusters would play here side by side.
The first film I ever saw, “Jaws”, I saw here in 1975. I visit every summer when I’m in town.
Great place and the projection is good. Nothing but great memories of the El Rancho!

Chris1982 on September 29, 2014 at 12:38 am

According to their website this drive-in is all digital projection.

rivest266 on May 1, 2016 at 7:02 pm

August 19th, 1950 grand opening ad in photo section.

rivest266 on May 3, 2016 at 7:56 pm

August 15th, 1973 grand opening ad as a 3-screen drive-in in photo section

rivest266 on May 3, 2016 at 8:16 pm

July 3rd, 1974 grand opening ad as a 4-plex cinema

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