Fox Drive-In

Thika Super Highway and Mathare N Road,

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Previously operated by: African Consolidated Theatres

Functions: Movies (East Indian)

Previous Names: Drive-In Cinema

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 2542.080.2293
Manager: 8563293073.395.2247

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Fox Drive-In

The Drive-In Cinema opened in Nairobi around 19th March 1958. Initially it was attended by white patrons only but was opened to all Kenyans in 1963 after Kenya’s cinemas were integrated. The drive-in was later renamed the Fox Drive-In. After years of showing American and British films, the drive-in satisfied local audiences by showing primarily East Indian ‘Bollywood’ films. The drive-in was rumored to be closed in 2009 and replaced by a large shopping mall with a six-screen multiplex. It is still standing on Thika Road.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on July 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm

For more information on this drive-in, check out this NPR story.

QOY on July 28, 2017 at 1:17 pm

does it still function…

and how does it if so..

davidcoppock on August 19, 2018 at 11:54 am

The Fox Drive-in may have re-opened?

davidcoppock on May 25, 2019 at 5:41 am

There is some footage(done by British Pathe(newsreel?)) on youtube(drive in cinema in Nairobi) showing the building and opening night(no sound).

kennerado on May 8, 2020 at 10:31 am

Not sure if its open but its still there complete as of January this year.

davidcoppock on May 9, 2020 at 8:32 am

What is that area to the right of the drive-in theatre site and the road on the right of the photo(it seems to be connected to the drive-in site by a small road between the two sites)?

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