Auto-See Drive-In

929 Market Street,
Yuba City, CA 95991

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

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Auto-See Drive-In

The Auto-See Drive-In was opened on May 11, 1949 with John Wayne in “Tycoon” & Veronica Lake in “Isn’t It Romantic”. It had space for 500 cars. In 1955, the Auto-See Drive-In was operated by Redwood-Lippert Theatres and was still operating in 1959. It was closed around 1984.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 24, 2008 at 7:46 am

The Auto-See Drive-In was opened by 1949. According to the November 12, 1949, issue of Boxoffice Magazine, the Yuba City city council received complaints from many citizens about the 600-car operation, citing “…uncontrolled noise, traffic hazards, and the nuisance of scattered trash from the theater.”

kencmcintyre on August 27, 2009 at 9:45 pm

There is a circa 1960s ad for the Auto-See on this page:

TLSLOEWS on February 20, 2010 at 3:12 am

Another great name for a drive-in.

MichaelKilgore on October 28, 2019 at 4:57 pm

The Film Daily Year Book first included the Auto-See in its 1950 edition; with Joe Vogel’s note, that suggests a 1949 opening.

The Auto-See was still outlined in a 1983 topo map, and the ramps were in decent shape in a 1998 aerial, but its final appearance in the Motion Picture Almanac’s drive-in lists was the 1984 edition.

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on March 22, 2020 at 2:24 am

Grand opening was on May 11, 1949. Opening features were “Tycoon” starring John Wayne and “Isn’t It Romantic” starring Veronica Lake.

Jamey_monroe45 on July 24, 2023 at 12:01 am

Now Ampla medical center @ 929 Market St, Yuba City, CA 95991.

This points directly to the entrance road (now 7-11!)

Please update.

MichaelKilgore on July 25, 2023 at 4:39 am

The last newspaper mention I saw of the Auto-See was in September 1976. On the other hand…

Boxoffice, May 7, 1979: “Gene O'Neill … will oversee operation of … the Yuba City Drive-In (formerly Auto-see) and the Marysville Drive-In (formerly Sierra).”

Boxoffice, March 10, 1980: “Lippert Theatres … (f)uture projects include triplexing of the circuit’s drive-ins in Marysville and Yuba City.”

Marysville-Yuba City Appeal-Democrat, April 9, 2005: “The area’s other drive-in theater, the Yuba City Drive-In, shut down in 1980.”

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