99 Drive-In

4600 Buck Owens Boulevard,
Bakersfield, CA 93308

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snack bar has just been finished-off   fall of 1982

The 99 Drive-In was opened on March 17, 1949. This drive-in had space for 900 cars. It was closed in 1982 and has been replaced by a self-storage facility just to the north of a motel.

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rivest266 on August 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm

September 8th, 1949 ad uploaded here.

jwmovies on August 31, 2012 at 4:25 am

The approx. address for this drive-in was 4500 Buck Owens Boulevard (formerly Pierce Rd.). The theatre was where the hotel stands as well as the business a block south of it.

william lewis
william lewis on September 10, 2012 at 5:17 am

The 99 was enlarged to 1500 cars, the screen enlarged to Cinamascope and a 2nd snack bar adding about 1952.

william lewis
william lewis on November 16, 2012 at 9:18 am

For more photos, http://www.flickr.com/photos/89107783@N05/sets/

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Drive-In 54 on November 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

William..can you write us a overview of the drive-in?

plinfesty on March 24, 2013 at 12:50 am

The 99 Drive-In opened on Thursday, March 17, 1949 with a Big Double Bill Major Studio Feature Show. The regular Friday-Saturday attraction was Romance on the High Seas and Dynamite.

davidcoppock on October 11, 2018 at 10:46 am

Closed in 1982. The hotel is Quality Inn Suites.

MichaelKilgore on April 27, 2020 at 12:44 pm

Boxoffice, March 19, 1949: “BAKERSFIELD, CALIF. – A new 700-car drive-in, to be known as "9” was to open at Highway 99 and Pierce road near here next week. Built for Lloyd Miller, Joe and Bill Gannon and Owen Clark, the open-air project will costs $200,000 and will have in-car speakers, commodious restrooms and a large concession bar with bottle warming facilities."

jwmovies on September 20, 2022 at 1:29 am

Correction to my previous post…

The actual address where the entrance road was located is 4600 Buck Owens Blvd, Bakersfield, CA 93308 now a self storage facility north of said motel now not Quality Inn…Please update.

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