Fruitridge Drive-In

5201 Fruitridge Road,
Sacramento, CA 95820

848 cars

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Fruitridge Drive-In

Located southeast of the city. The Fruitridge Drive-In opened on June 2, 1950 and closed in 1979. It had a capacity for 848 cars.

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scottfavareille on December 10, 2004 at 12:33 pm

I believe this had been an independent. It may have had a “carload” admission price policy towards the end.

JasonBalch on March 14, 2005 at 12:27 pm

Status should be closed/demolished. It was operated by the Blumenfeld chain, and was located at the corner of Fruitridge Rd and Stockton Blvd in Sacramento. No trace of the Drive-in remains, site is now home to a shopping center and Rite-Aid store.

stevehoff on May 2, 2006 at 12:11 pm

The Fruitridge Drive-In had a unique feature, heated speakers. Affixed to the speaker you would hang from your car window was a small electric heater. This San Diego expatriate had never seen such a feature at drive-ins and was a very welcome treat on cool Sacramento winter nights. I couldn’t use the weather as an excuse not to go.

This was the only drive-in I ever saw where such a feature was offered to its patrons!

tubafoole on August 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

One of the drive-in theatres where I go to with my family often.Movies seen:Woodstock,Super Fly,Billy Jack……..the list goes on and on.The popcorn there was delicious!!

Frankstone001 on March 8, 2016 at 1:44 pm

Seeing these comments made me remember when a friend of mine’s brother-inlaw who was a projectionest at this drive-in let a few of us watch movies for free in the first row. We’d ride our bicycles up to the drive-in right before it got dark. After the movies were over we’d throw our bikes in the back of Rick’s truck and he would drive us back home!

GregHawkins on June 8, 2017 at 12:11 am

I grew up going to movies at Fruitridge Drive-in. My parents used to take me all the time in the summer. I remember playing at the playground next to the snackbar in my PJs until the cartoons started.

Frankstone001 on July 16, 2017 at 11:55 pm

It’s nice to see comments about how people spent their younger days at this drive-in. It puts a smile on a person’s face…… :).

rivest266 on April 30, 2019 at 2:37 pm

This opened on June 2nd, 1950. No ad found in the paper.

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