Ceres Cuise-In

1651 E. Whitmore Avenue,
Ceres, CA 95307

350 cars

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres, Redwood Theatres Inc., Robert L. Lippert Theatres Inc.

Previous Names: Auto Movies, Modesto Drive-In, Ceres Drive-In

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Ceres Cuise-In

The Auto Movies was opened in 1947, operated by Frank Lucido. It became the Modesto Drive-in on May 3, 1949. By 1950 it had been renamed Ceres Drive-In, still operated by Frank Lucido. By 1952 it was operated by Redwood-Lippert Theatres. They were still the operators in 1957. It later became a twin screen drive-in with a capacity for 350 cars.

In April 2009, it was announced that the Ceres Drive-In would be closed. It was re-opened in summer of 2020 with one screen operating, which operates as the Ceres Cruise-In. It was closed in 2022 and became a paved area for RV parking.

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Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

kencmcintyre on December 4, 2009 at 3:12 am

You can still access the drive-in’s site, circa 2005:

SteveSwanson on September 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm

The Ceres reopened as a Flea Market only in 2012. But there has been some talk about showing movies again in the near future. Screen 2 is still standing, and they would have to rebuild the booth and put up a new screen in field 1 for it to happen.

davidcoppock on October 18, 2018 at 8:13 pm

There was a fire in the bio box and snack bar on 21/6/2010. There is footage of the fire on youtube. The fire may have been arson by vandals.

MichaelKilgore on September 9, 2020 at 6:27 pm

The pandemic has led Ripon resident Mark Stotzer to reopen the Ceres. It’s down to one screen, and it may be just a temporary thing, but it was reported by the Turlock Journal and the Modesto Bee.

dansdriveintheater on April 21, 2021 at 7:41 pm

still goin strong definitely not a temporary thing. there are google reviews that are saying that the food is overpriced and not that good except for the popcorn.

dansdriveintheater on December 18, 2022 at 5:39 am

Now an tv park and closed

dansdriveintheater on April 6, 2023 at 8:47 am

Has been closed since 2022 please update as closed

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