Red's Crescent Drive-In

2303 Elk Valley Cross Road,
Crescent City, CA 95531

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Previous Names: Ocean Drive-In

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Red's Crescent Drive-In

The Ocean Drive-In was opened in August 1952 with Tony Martin in “Two Tickets to Broadway” & John Payne in “Passage West”. It was renamed Red’s Crescent Drive-In in 1980. This drive-in has a capacity for 300 cars. It was closed in 2015.

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MagicLantern on June 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Was this theatre also known as the Ocean Drive-In? Or is the mysterious Red’s Twin the Ocean Drive-In?

TLSLOEWS on July 16, 2010 at 10:44 am

Google map for this location shows nothing but open fields.

KenLayton on April 11, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Do they still operate any speakers?

antoniomontana on August 18, 2013 at 12:34 am

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Drive-In 54 on February 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Reds is up for sale, it is listed on Craig’s list.

SteveFratelli on October 1, 2015 at 5:17 pm

The info I have for Red’s. Originally opened in 1951 or ‘52 as the Ocean drive-in. Bought by 'Red’ Thomas in 1980 and changed names to Red’s Crescent drive-in. They bought out the Terrace drive-in up north in 1959, and that was the first ‘Red’s’ drive-in. That drive-in Brookings closed down the fall of 1980 due to windstorm. Both screens blew down & they were only able to rebuild in Crescent City.

Red’s Crescent is now closed for the 2015 season. They were not able to convert to digital and I doubt they can open up next year. According to a Facebook post, the land is set to become a storage facility.

davidcoppock on October 19, 2018 at 4:05 am

Opened in 1952 as Ocean Drive-in with “Two tickets to Broadway” and “Passage west” sold to the Thomas family in 1980 and renamed Red’s Crescent Drive-in. The drive-in has been demolished(date unknown?). Site is nowa storage facility.

MichaelKilgore on December 29, 2019 at 6:22 pm

An approximate opening date. Boxoffice, Aug. 16, 1952: “The grand opening of the Ocean Drive-In was held recently. A total of 450 cars may be accommodated at the ozoner, located five miles north of (Crescent City) on Wonder Stump road off Highway 101.”

MichaelKilgore on January 5, 2020 at 4:57 pm

Boxoffice, Jan. 16, 1954: “The Ocean Drive-In at Crescent City was sold by Jacob A. Leech and Richard Miller to Arthur Grenfell.”

MichaelKilgore on October 9, 2021 at 7:43 pm

Motion Picture Herald, July 12, 1952: “The New 300-car Ocean drive-in at Crescent City opened under operation of Leech, Miller and McCuen.”

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