Kings Drive-In

10511 14th Avenue,
Hanford, CA 93230

300 cars

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Functions: Movies (Second Run)

Styles: Rustic

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Located just inside the boundary of Armonia with Hanford. The Kings Drive-In opened on October 20, 1949 with David Bruce in “Susie Steps Out” & Ann Blyth in “Red Canyon”. This single screen drive-in has a capacity for 300 cars. It was closed on September 29, 2012 with screenings of “The 40 Year-Old Virgin” and “Deuce Bigalow European Gigolo”.

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jwmovies on October 17, 2012 at 12:44 am

Approx. address for this drive-in is 10511 14th Avenue.

robert_fiendly1 on March 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I don’t think they are open this season. Phone line has been disconnected for several months. Went by yesterday and the place looked abandoned. The marquee listed “Taken 2” and “Pitch Perfect”. Those titles are out of date now. I believe that this is the first dark year they have ever had in it’s entire history. I hoped to find a new phone number here. Looks grim for now.

SteveSwanson on March 19, 2013 at 8:39 pm

It appears the Kings has closed for good. has updated their status to Closed. Last year, there were news reports from the owners about the uncertainty of opening in 2013. Constant vandalism and the high cost of repairs seem to be the culprit. Then there is the massive cost of digital conversion on top of that. I never did make it out here for a night at the Kings drive-in. Only a few daytime visits, and those were depressing enough.

SteveSwanson on April 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm

The overview is incorrect. I don’t know when the drive-in closed for the season last year. But the link from Aug. 23, 2008 is for Sept. 2005, that’s when 40 Year Old Virgin & Deuce Bigalow came out.

dansdriveintheater on January 10, 2019 at 7:41 pm

it was because people kept vandalizing the place! such a shame no drive-in theater etiquette.

here is a list of drive-in theater etitiqute from a word document i made in word please email me if you think of a rule i should add

Daniel’s modern guide to drive-in theater etiquette. !. Always drive 10 mph hours with the headlights on in theater area. 2. Once you park turn off your headlights when parked in the theater area. 3. If the drive-in you visit has speaker poles remove the rca speaker from the stand and put it on your car window and then put the speaker back on the stand so you don’t dent you’re car or break the speaker. If the drive-in theater you go to doesn’t have rca speakers skip this step. 4. If you visit a drive-in with multiple screens do not drive from one theater to the next unless you’ve paid for the other film. If you drive from one theater to the next be careful. 5. Do not sneak people in the trunk. It is illegal and rude. 6. Always check the marquee to see what’s playing before you drive to pay for the film. 7. Always visit the refreshment center. 8. Do not use more than one parking space to park your car. 9. Do not make love in your car. 10. Always have a battery charger in case your car battery dies. 11. Always have a fun memorable experience at the drive-in

also a story from the hanford sentenial about the closure of the drive-in.

MichaelKilgore on May 6, 2019 at 11:55 am

Motion Picture Daily reported on May 12, 1955 that George Peterson had purchased the Kings Drive-In “at Armona”. So I checked the aerials – the Kings was/is just inside the northern edge of the Armona city limits. CT, please adjust the address.

Dansdriveintheater, I would specify that you should buy popcorn and a drink from the concession stand, since those are typically its highest margin products. But how do I email you to tell you that? You can email me at

WHITEFIELD on February 8, 2021 at 8:47 pm

The KINGS DRIVE-IN THEATRE was located 3 miles west of Hanford on Hwy 198

dansdriveintheater on December 16, 2022 at 4:47 am

Google street view clearly shows screen panels have fallen off

Jamey_monroe45 on August 13, 2023 at 3:47 am

Correction: Now 10511 14th Ave, Hanford, CA 93230. The tower and buildings are still there…

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