Pickwick Drive-In

1100 W. Alameda Avenue,
Burbank, CA 91506

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres

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Pacific's Pickwick Drive-In

Burbank’s Pickwick Drive-In opened May 12, 1949 with Arthur Franz in “Red Stallion in the Rockies” & Dorothy Lamour in “The Lucky Stiff”. It had space for 781 cars and the screen was 50ft wide. It was first operated by Cal-Pac theatres.

Operated by Pacific Theatres, the theater is perhaps best known as the site of the World Premiere of Mel Brooks’s "Blazing Saddles". Warner Brothers held the premiere at this drive-in and the guests were led in on horses.

The Pickwick Drive-In was closed September 10, 1989 with Tom Hanks in “Turner & Hooch” and Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. It was torn down in October 1989.

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Recent comments (view all 34 comments)

DavidZornig on January 10, 2018 at 7:41 pm

1989 image added via Rick Watts.

davidcoppock on January 28, 2018 at 9:19 am

The two films seen in the drive-in scene in the movie Grease are(“The Blob”(i think?), a film staring Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin(opening credits of a unnamed movie seen briefly).

Mister_Comics on September 24, 2018 at 4:43 pm

The Pickwick Drive-In was used for scenes in the 1976 movie Kiss of the Tarantula. A brief glimpse of the marquee is shown in the movie.

davidcoppock on October 3, 2018 at 12:11 am

Opened with “The Green promise”. Site is now Rancho Marketplace Shopping Center.

rivest266 on October 8, 2019 at 4:38 pm

This opened on May 12th, 1949. Grand opening ad posted as well as the Blazing Saddles world premiere ad.

brianj on June 23, 2020 at 11:10 am

also used in pee wee’s big adventure.

50sSNIPES on October 8, 2020 at 11:03 am

The Pickwick Seems To Be Its Hotspot During The Time, This Means We Found A Lot Of High Definition Shots Of The Pickwick.

Joseph Anthony Sobora
Joseph Anthony Sobora on May 7, 2022 at 6:23 am

Last day showing on Sunday, September 10, 1989 with “Turner & Hooch” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/101256890/pacifics-pickwick-drive-in/

davidcoppock on August 9, 2022 at 1:45 am

RIP Dame Olivia Newton John!!!! 😓😓😓😓😓😓😓

Jorge on July 31, 2023 at 8:18 pm

RIP Paul Reubens AKA Pee Wee Herman. Finale of “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” took place at this Drive-In.

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