Forty-Niner 6 Drive-In

4450 Marysville Boulevard,
Sacramento, CA 95838

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Century Theatres

Architects: Vincent G. Raney

Previous Names: Bell Drive-In, 49'er Drive-In

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Forty-Niner 6 Drive-In

The Bell Drive-In opened as a single screen on June 29, 1950 with Fredric March in “The Eagle and the Hawk” & Leo Gorcey “Lucky Losers”. It was located in the Del Paso Heights district of Sacramento. On December 24, 1961 it was renamed 49'er Drive-In. On August 19, 1969 it became a twin screen theatre. Two more screens were added in early-1975 and on August 4, 1973 another two screens were added. It closed around 2000.

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Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

filmman697 on December 13, 2015 at 11:42 pm

The original screen was wider at one time. Wind blew one end down and the decision was to just leave it as is. There was a building at the bottom of the main screen. It was the manager’s residence. I don’t know when it was torn down. Early 60’s or before. I can’t remember the transition from one to six screens. Three screens were added, two to the right of the main screen and one at the back of the snack bar. Two more screens were added next to the entrance along with a satellite projection booth. The theater needed upgrades and repairs but the income did not justify the expense. My office was in what used to be the manager’s residence in the new snack bar. After closing, and after repeated break-ins, the final straw was when scrappers removed the main power panel copper bars. Soon after, the building was razed. That must have been around 2002.

Cffeelvr on March 28, 2016 at 9:55 am

I actually lived under the large main screen when I was in elementary school and most of the way through junior high, my father was the manager and we were there when they started to add all the screens. What a blast it was to have been a part of this, I even worked in the snack bar for a while in my teen years , my mother took over when my father passed and they Syufy people who owned this drive-in were very good people to us. Thank you for the memories

Cffeelvr on March 28, 2016 at 9:57 am

to Tim Hale I remember you this is Sharon the 2nd oldest of the girls. I am married with 2 daughters and 3 grandsons. How has life treated you

rivest266 on April 30, 2019 at 1:52 pm

This opened as the Bell Drive-In on June 29th, 1950. Grand opening ad posted. More to come.

davidcoppock on April 30, 2019 at 10:11 pm

Opened on 29/6/1950 with 2 colour cartoons(not named), “The eagle and the hawk” and “Lucky losers”.

rivest266 on May 4, 2019 at 11:23 am

This became the 49er Drive-In on December 24th, 1961 and reopened on August 19th, 1969 as a twin. Grand opening ads posted

rivest266 on May 5, 2019 at 7:41 am

4 screens in early 1975 and six opening on August 4th, 1975. No grand opening ads found.

davidcoppock on May 5, 2019 at 8:04 am

Reopened as 49er with “The mask” and ‘Wonders of Aladdin", reopened as as a twin on screen 1 with “The conqueror worm” and “The oblong box” and on screen 2 with “Rosemary’s baby” and “Goodbye, Columbus”.

davidcoppock on May 12, 2019 at 1:23 am

Also called Forty-niner 6 drive-in.

davidcoppock on February 11, 2020 at 4:27 am

I think the site has been demolished and cleared(except maybe the ramps?)?

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