Sunnyside Drive-In

5550 E. Olive Avenue,
Fresno, CA 93727

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dansdriveintheater on February 24, 2021 at 4:19 pm

i remember reading it was 86 this theatre closed. also a brush fire was happening right next to the theatre when i last went by no idea if the raps were affected or not.

rivest266 on February 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm

Stopped showing movies in 1987.

rivest266 on February 1, 2021 at 1:28 pm

2nd screen opened on January 31st, 1975. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on January 30, 2021 at 3:52 pm

Another drive-in grand opening ad with “World’s largest screen” on it from May 26th, 1965. They also laid claim to the “World’s most beautiful Drive-In theatre” claim.

World's largest screenWorld’s largest screen Wed, May 26, 1965 – 48 · The Fresno Bee The Republican (Fresno, California) ·

dansdriveintheater on January 2, 2019 at 11:21 pm

just uploaded a 1972 aerial from historic of the old sunnyside drive-in from when it was still a single screen drive-in

dansdriveintheater on November 26, 2018 at 9:43 pm

to the sunnyside drive-in and all of the other drive-ins that have been demolished i have honered them by making a parody of titanium called demolition proof. it is about someone who wants to demolish a drive-in screen but no matter what he does the screen won’t fall!

MichaelGraham on April 23, 2017 at 4:39 pm

Here is a link to a photo of the marquee on Pinterest.

Ladylinda248 on October 29, 2014 at 11:04 pm

My memory is of working there..not for the Drive In part but for the Swap Meet part. 1983 to 1986..I am sad that it is gone, but they have reopened the Swap Meet part again. I haven’t been back there. I am thinking maybe one day, I will venture back.

janae on August 24, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I saw Aloha Bobby & Rose at the Sunnyside Drive-in, in 1975…..on a first date with my first husband…..brings back good memories ;)

SteveSwanson on April 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I made 2 stops here, in ‘02 & '03. I’m pretty sure it was demo'ed in 2004. Take a look at the Google Earth timeline from 8/12/03 to 5/2/04. You can see that the screens, snack bar, booths & marquee were removed in that timeframe. What was fascinating was the conditions in '02, almost pristine for being abandoned for so many years. When I came back the next summer, the main screen was reduced to a skeleton frame and the snack bar was tagged by vandals.

It appears that a new swap meet has taken up residence here, website is

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Drive-In 54 on February 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Uploaded 2002 view. Looks like it was nice DI!!

brattybrat on February 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm

It actually had 2 screens.

TLSLOEWS on May 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Interesting booth photo just like I remember them.

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Mike Rogers on May 26, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Most of the projectionists,not all, tended to always have issue of PLAYBOY or worse in the booth.

kencmcintyre on April 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Here is the projection booth. I guess the projectionist needed something to look at during the movie.

ChristopherStone on April 30, 2006 at 4:53 pm

I remember attending this drive-in shortly after it opened in Fresno’s “top drawer” Sunnyside neighborhood. I remember seeing “Cheyenne Autumn” and “How the West Was Won” there. It’s sad on visits to Fresno these days to see the former theaters now occupied by churches, behemoth malls, or, worse still, demolished.