Bend Drive-In

20501 Cooley Road,
Bend, OR 97701

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

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Bend Drive-In

Opened on July 7, 1950 with Humphrey Bogart in “Chain Lightening” & Howard Duff in “Red Canyon”. The Bend Drive-In parked 400 cars and was part of the Inland Theatre Corp. The Bend Drive-In was known for triple features such as these: "Winning", "Will Penny" and "Violent Four". Well, the first two are good anyway!

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NYozoner on January 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

20467 Cooley Rd, Bend, OR 97701

The above address will map to the location of the drive-in, which is visible using Google Earth using historical imagery for the year 2000 and prior years.

rivest266 on August 4, 2012 at 6:38 am

This opened on April 26th, 1951. Grand opening ad uploaded here.

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on February 12, 2014 at 4:27 am

The ad above is one of those misleading prints; it’s actually for the opening of the second season. Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common (and frustrating) problem for drive-in researchers like me. The Bend’s actual grand opening date was July 6, 1950; the ad is on page two of the Bend Bulletin (accessible though the Google newspaper archives).

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on February 12, 2014 at 5:01 am

The Bend Drive-In sounded familiar, so I checked my archives and I had the opening day ad. Drivein101 I have got caught few times myself researching and looking at movie ads.

davidcoppock on July 29, 2019 at 4:31 am

Opened on 6/7/1950 “Comanche Territory” and “Yes sir thats my baby”.

MichaelKilgore on December 6, 2019 at 1:32 pm

Boxoffice, April 15, 1950: “BEND, ORE. – Construction of a concessions stand, ticket booth, projection room and fencing has been started here at the new Bend Drive-In underway for Albert and William Forman.”

Jamey_monroe45 on July 17, 2023 at 11:33 am

Now Lowe’s @ 20501 Cooley Rd, Bend, OR 97701. Sorry Ozone!

This points to the entrance.

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