Fife Drive-In

4600 16th Street E,
Fife, WA 98424

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Fife Drive-In

My, oh, my. I dream that one day I will drive along Interstate 5 through Fife and see that giant screen resurrected and flickering again.

But, alas, no.

The Fife Drive-In was built in 1950 by Mike Barovic and W.R. Forman. It opened on September 15, 1950 with Randolph Scott in “Colt 45” & John Garfield in Under My Skin". It screened movies until 1985.

The site was razed in the early-1990’s to make way for apartments, of course. A few of the poplar trees that surrounded the site remain.

I remember vividly sitting in the backseat of my parents' car as we drove along I-5 at night and peering out the window for just a glimpse of what was playing at the drive-in.

Contributed by KatieMac

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

kateymac01 on May 3, 2005 at 4:42 pm

There was space for 650 cars.

dwjensen on August 29, 2005 at 9:48 pm

Katie, I drive I-5 from Seattle to Olympia once a month or so and those same memories of seeing a glimpse of a movie from the backseat of my parents' car come flooding back every time I see those poplars still standing sentinel over a drive-in theater now long gone. Sad times.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

i have it parking 450 cars in 1956, it owned by William Forman as mentioned above by Katiemac.

NYozoner on December 10, 2016 at 8:09 pm

4420 Pacific Hwy E
Fife, WA 98424

The address in the header is no longer valid.

davidcoppock on July 11, 2021 at 9:27 pm

Opened on 15/9/1950 with “Colt 45” and “Under my skin”.

KenLayton on July 11, 2021 at 10:09 pm

I wish there were more pictures of this theater.

rivest266 on July 12, 2021 at 1:27 pm

Last season: 1985

Jamey_monroe45 on July 11, 2023 at 8:51 am

Now Chateau Rainier Apartments @ 4600 16th St E, Fife, WA 98424.

Please update. Sorry NYO!

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