Sunset Drive-In

555 Israel Road SW,
Tumwater, WA 98501

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KenLayton on April 22, 2020 at 7:35 pm

Thanks for posting those pictures. They are so crystal clear. Do you have any more? I spent ten years working there before it closed.

fmccaslin on April 22, 2020 at 10:53 am

I have added several photos from the Joe Basil collection. Joe managed the Sunset from about 1952-54 for United Drive-Ins, of which his father, A. G. Basil, of Raymond, WA was a partner. I was a ten year old kid at the time and spent many happy times at the Sunset, including a trip to the top of the screen on one occasion! Joe passed away in 2013 and I ended up with the old Sunset negatives. Finally got around to scanning them and finding this site to post them. I am delighted to have a place to share them after so many years have passed by.

davidcoppock on March 23, 2020 at 6:44 pm

Opened with “Mother is a freshman” and “Canadian Pacific”.

KenLayton on January 4, 2015 at 7:34 pm

I have now added the hand drawn map of the property I made.

KenLayton on December 6, 2011 at 11:34 am

The Point Tavern, which at one time hosted the theater marquee on top of it’s building, has been torn down and replaced with a brand new 7-11 store.

KenLayton on August 18, 2011 at 11:52 am

Aerial picture of the theater in 1957. This was long before the Tumwater High School was built across the street from the theater. Here is the link:

KenLayton on August 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm

1949 to 1951 Berg & Miller owned the theater.

1951 to 1954 United Drive-ins owned the theater.

1954 to 1977 The Zabel family owned the theater.

1977 to 1986 Tom Moyer’s Luxury Theatres owned the theater.

KenLayton on June 17, 2011 at 10:00 am

Nearby theaters: Regal Martin Village 16, Lacey Drive-in, Capitol Theater, State Theater, Avalon Theater, Rex Theater, Ray Theater, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Century Olympia 14, Skyline Drive-in, Shelton Cinemas, Yelm Cinemas.