Pickwick Drive-In

1100 W. Alameda Avenue,
Burbank, CA 91506

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Pacific's Pickwick Drive-In

Burbank’s Pickwick Drive-In opened May 12, 1949 with Arthur Franz in “Red Stallion in the Rockies” & Dorothy Lamour in “The Lucky Stiff”. It had space for 781 cars and the screen was 50ft wide. It was first operated by Cal-Pac theatres.

Operated by Pacific Theatres, the theater is perhaps best known as the site of the World Premiere of Mel Brooks’s "Blazing Saddles". Warner Brothers held the premiere at this drive-in and the guests were led in on horses.

The Pickwick Drive-In was closed September 10, 1989 and was torn down in October 1989.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 31 comments)

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 10, 2016 at 8:41 am

Was the Pickwick Drive-in the first drive-in in the world to had a world premiere(Blazing saddles)?

Kenmore
Kenmore on June 18, 2016 at 6:36 pm

The Pickwick Drive-In was also used in an episode of “The Rockford Files” where federal agents chase Rockford and Angel in his vehicle into the drive-in during the daytime.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 11, 2018 at 1:41 am

1989 image added via Rick Watts.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on January 28, 2018 at 3:19 pm

The two films seen in the drive-in scene in the movie Grease are(“The Blob”(i think?), a film staring Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin(opening credits of a unnamed movie seen briefly).

Mister_Comics
Mister_Comics on September 24, 2018 at 10:43 pm

The Pickwick Drive-In was used for scenes in the 1976 movie Kiss of the Tarantula. A brief glimpse of the marquee is shown in the movie.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 3, 2018 at 6:11 am

Opened with “The Green promise”. Site is now Rancho Marketplace Shopping Center.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 8, 2019 at 10:38 pm

This opened on May 12th, 1949. Grand opening ad posted as well as the Blazing Saddles world premiere ad.

brianj
brianj on June 23, 2020 at 5:10 pm

also used in pee wee’s big adventure.

50sSNIPES
50sSNIPES on October 8, 2020 at 5:03 pm

The Pickwick Seems To Be Its Hotspot During The Time, This Means We Found A Lot Of High Definition Shots Of The Pickwick.

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