Rodeo Drive-In

252 NW Loop Road,
White Salmon, WA 98672

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Rodeo Drive-In

Located in White Salmon, near Bingen, Washington, about 60 miles outside of Portland. The Rodeo Drive-In was opened on August 15, 1953. By 1955 it was operated by Gordon Prestibak. It had a dress policy for Servicemen;It was simple wear your dress uniforms and get in free.

July 4, 1968 has "Clambake" and "One Million Years B.C." playing. They showed the features different each night they opened. They had free pony rides for small kids like many drive-ins did in those days. "For A Few Dollars More" and "Luv" opened Wednesday. With rotating showings, which I had never noticed a lot of drive-ins doing. The ‘Second Feature’ stayed the Second feature, but not at the Rodeo Drive-In. Early-October the Rodeo Drive-In would shut down until the following Summer and much warmer weather.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers on January 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Added info on Movies and this area.They must have LOVED Elvis up here.I saw so many Elvis pictures advertised in the paper on the Rodeo Drive-in.

thisisjohnbook on January 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm

An ad clipping from the May 23, 1963 issue of the Mt. Adams Sun:

Kenmore on January 16, 2015 at 10:54 pm

Could the Rodeo Drive-In be in neighboring White Salmon? Approx. address 260 NW Loop, White Salmon (Google). It goes back to at least 1959 on the topo maps and is clearly seen in a 1980 Photo of the area. Today, it appears to be private property, but you can still see the shape of the drive-in clearly.

NYozoner on December 11, 2016 at 2:47 am

260 NW Loop Rd White Salmon, WA 98672

kennerado on January 3, 2020 at 8:57 pm

This is another one where the concession building still stands, looks like its used as a shed? Also directly opposite the old drive-in site is the appropriately named Rodeo Drive-In Storage.

MichaelKilgore on January 4, 2020 at 12:19 pm

Boxoffice, July 11, 1953: “WHITE SALMON, WASH. – The new White Salmon Drive-In here is tentatively scheduled to open August 15. The drive-in is owned by G. E. Prestebak and Norman Johnson and will have a capacity of 300 cars.”

Boxoffice, Sept. 19, 1953: “Norman Johnson and Bud Prestebak have opened the new Rodeo Drive-In”

Jamey_monroe45 on July 14, 2023 at 6:02 am

Now Rodeo Drive-In storage @ 252 NW Loop Rd, White Salmon, WA 98672.

The concession still stands behind the main building. Some ramps are visible.

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