Sunset Drive-In

842 S. Hughes Avenue,
Fresno, CA 93726

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Previously operated by: Robert L. Lippert Theatres Inc.

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The Sunset Drive-In was opened on April 20, 1950 with Richard Widmark in “Slattery’s Hurricane” & James Ellison in “Hostile Country”. It was closed in 1983 and was demolished in 2004.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on September 27, 2008 at 11:37 am

This was a Robert Lippert theater in the early 1960s. Capacity was 400 cars.

kencmcintyre on November 11, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Here is an article from the Fresno Bee Republican dated 5/15/62:

Fire gutted the concrete block concession building at the Sunset Drive-In Theater at North Hughes and West Whites Bridge Avenues. The damage was estimated at $20,000 to $25,000. A passerby saw a column of smoke rising from the building shortly after noon yesterday and telephoned the Fresno Fire Department. Three units controlled the blaze in about 20 minutes.

Edward W. Stokes, the district manager for Electrovision, Inc., owners of the theater, estimated the loss. He said it includes foodstuffs valued at $2,000 and kitchen equipment worth $10,000. The theater projection equipment, housed in a room separated by a brick wall from the fire, was not damaged. Stokes said a new refreshment stand will be built immediately. The theater is expected to reopen tomorrow night without a food concession.

authorchristopherstone on February 16, 2017 at 11:54 am

As a child in Fresno, I was in the back seat for movies at the Sunset. Back then, the price of admission was a scant one dollar per carload of movie-goers. The Sunset was famous for dusk till dawn movie marathons.

davidcoppock on October 12, 2018 at 10:17 pm

609 cars. Site is now an empty field.

dansdriveintheater on November 5, 2018 at 12:13 pm

was demolished in 2004. so when did it close though?

rivest266 on February 24, 2021 at 2:21 pm

Opened on April 20th, 1950. Grand opening ad posted.

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