Prescott Drive-In

1791 Prescott Road,
Modesto, CA 95350

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Previously operated by: Robert L. Lippert Theatres Inc.

Architects: Gale Santocono

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Prescott Drive-In

The Prescott Drive-in opened on the same day, April 26, 1967, as the Briggsmore Theatre.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre, JLC

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 7, 2009 at 5:31 pm

The April 22, 1968, issue of Boxoffice Magazine ran an article about the new Prescott Drive-In. The Prescott was designed by San Francisco architect Gale Santocono, for Robert Lippert’s Affiliated Theatre Service Inc.

The new drive-in could accommodate 1000 cars on its 15 acre parcel, and had a screen 114 by 57 feet on a 70-foot tower. There was a free-standing marquee 40 feet high, with an attraction board 38 feet wide and 14 feet high. The first manager of the Prescott was Gus C. Vasconcellos.

rivest266 on January 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Google news archive’s microfilm for the opening starts at View link
for the next 5 pages.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm

That would place it in the area of the Central Valley Plaza Shopping Center. Right around Clarion Inn and the Courtyard by Marriot.


jwmovies on November 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1791 Prescott Road.

NYozoner on January 13, 2015 at 7:10 pm

By any chance was this also called the Briggsmore 3 Drive-In at some point? It was located off Prescott Road near W Briggsmore Avenue.

kfagan42 on April 5, 2018 at 12:51 pm

Briggsmore 3 Drive-In was actually: the “McHenry Drive-in” located at 3848 McHenry Avenue, Modesto, CA 95356 it was behind “Beno’s” store and the “Heat Wave Skate park” on the east side of the street.

davidcoppock on May 15, 2020 at 9:11 am

Opened on 26/4/1967.

jwmovies on July 3, 2022 at 4:11 pm

To end confusion, Prescott had 3 (!) screens, McHenry had 2 though larger. The Prescott could be seen from hwy 99. The McHenry was behind the Briggsmore Theatre (originally White Front store). The Briggsmore indoor theater also had 3 screens (ultimately 7!).

This is where the confusion lies. All 3 locations were near Briggsmore Road! Check Historical Aerials from 1982 for details…😍😍😍 I’ve done the research so you won’t have to! 🤣

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