Porterville Drive-In

155 N. Newcomb Avenue,
Porterville, CA 93257

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Porterville Drive-In

The Porterville Drive-In opened on May 18, 1950 with one screen. It lateter became a twin screen drive-in with a capacity for 550 cars. It was closed at the end of the 2004 season with the Disney animated feature “Home on the Range”.

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kencmcintyre on November 6, 2005 at 7:42 am

There was also a Porter Theater in Porterville, which is not listed here:

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kencmcintyre on November 12, 2005 at 4:15 pm

Here is a photo of another theater in Porterville. This must have been a happening town:

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kencmcintyre on November 12, 2005 at 4:19 pm

The name of the theater in the second photo was the Monache:

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SteveSwanson on June 8, 2012 at 8:52 am

This drive-in was owned by the same family throughout its run, 1950-2004. But they leased it out at other times. Although there was vandalsim in the snack bar, they left the projectors alone. As noted in the 4th photo link from Chuck1231, the perimeter fence didn’t last very long. Other web searches have neighbors calling it an eysore after it sat vacant for many years afterward.

brattybrat on September 1, 2012 at 11:59 am

Was there ever a second drive-in the Porterville or am I dreaming?

dansdriveintheater on October 21, 2018 at 3:16 am

no i don’t think so and anyway it’s now an empty lot should be listed as demolished.

MichaelKilgore on November 5, 2019 at 8:25 am

The drive-in was still intact enough on Feb. 4, 2006 that a murdered woman was found in a storage building there. YourCentralValley.com wrote yesterday that the culprit had just been convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

MichaelKilgore on October 27, 2023 at 3:31 pm

Motion Picture Herald, April 24, 1954: “C. N. Spivey has taken over the Porterville drive-in, Porterville; the Palo Alto drive-in, Palo Alto, and the Studio drive-in, San Mateo.”

Kenmore on October 27, 2023 at 6:24 pm

Although the lot is still mostly empty with the outline and ramps of the drive-in remaining. That may not last long as a sign near where the old entrance was once located states “Future building site for Burton School District”.

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