Del-Mac Drive-In

31110 Schuster Road,
Delano, CA 93215

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Previously operated by: Panero Theatres

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Del-Mac Drive-In

The Del-Mac Drive-In was opened in July, 1950 when it was operated by Panero Theatre Company. Now La Jolla Cold Storage. The screen is still on the property in the back.

Contributed by James Monroe

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dansdriveintheater on October 23, 2018 at 3:23 pm

i don’t know when it closed but in the 1994 aerial you can see that the ramps are the only thing there beside the screen which makes me think it closed a couple of years before that because the screen is in mint condition

dansdriveintheater on November 26, 2018 at 6:50 pm

uploaded 1969 aerial from historic

MichaelKilgore on June 8, 2021 at 1:55 pm

Boxoffice, March 11, 1950: “DELANO, CALIF. – Frank and August Panero, owners of the new drive-in slated to open here March 15, plan to erect other ozoners in Selma and Shafter, Calif. The Paneros head the Valley Drive-In Theatre Co., Delano. Capacity of the local drive-in is 520 cars, while the Selma and Shafter open-airers will have capacities of 320. Total building cost is estimated at $160,000. Shafter and Delano are in Kern county, while Selma is in Fresno county.”

Boxoffice, June 17, 1950: (scheduled to open in June) “Delano – Del Mac, 520 cars, Valley Drive-In Theatre Co.”

Boxoffice, July 15, 1950: (opened 1950 list) “Del-Mac, 520, Valley Drive-In Co.”

Boxoffice, Aug. 5, 1950: “DELANO, CALIF. – The new Del-Mac Drive-In about one mile south of here on Route 99, has been opened by Frank Panero and his two sons August and Ernest. Located on a 20-acre tract between Delano and McFarland, the Del-Mac has accommodations for 440 cars. The screen tower is 78 feet high, and it supports 44x60-feet scree. The Paneros will open another new drive-in near Shafter before the end of August. Jim Stephenson of Delano is manager of the Del-Mac ozoner.”

Boxoffice, Feb. 17, 1951: (opened 1950 list) “Del-Mac, Valley Drive-In Co., 520”

Boxoffice, March 10, 1951: “Kirby H. Bezzo has been appointed manager of the McFarland Theatre, to succeed Cal Boggus who has taken over the management of the Del-Ma Drive-In, between (McFarland) and Delano.”

Theatre Catalog, 1952: “Del-Mac D. I., Box 905. Exec: Panero Th. Co., Room 700-A, 25 Taylor St., San Francisco. (400)”

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