Saturday, June 12, 2010

Saturday Night At The Drive In Theater

Red's Crescent Drive-In just north of Crescent City Ca. is one of the last drive-in theaters left in California.

Located at 2303 Elk Valley Cross Road, about 4 miles north of Crescent City Ca. it is still offering movies to motorists at just 10-dollars a carload. They are open April through October on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at about an hour before sunset. In the peak summer months starting any day now, they expand to Wednesday through Sunday.

In business since 1959, they are one of the last drive-in theaters left. Many people my age were created in the back seat of cars at the drive-in theater. Advantages to the drive-in verses the walk in theater are that you can bring in your own food and beverages, make noise and and even smoke if there aren't any kids in the car.
Disadvantages are the picture isn't as clear and the sound is limited to stereo and what kind of radio you have in your car. The sound is broadcast locally on both AM and FM.

If you go, make a day of it as the drive from Eureka is full of spectacular views. Some might even want to get a space at the KOA just north of Elk Valley Cross Road on Highway 101 to avoid much of a drive in the middle of the night.

Elk Valley Cross Road is the next left after the Highway 199 turn off going north out of Crescent City.
It's about a mile up the road from 101.
They don't have a web site but their phone number is 707-464-1813


  1. Those were the days!

    I grew up in the time when Drive-In theaters were everywhere. So many good memories.

    Do you remember when we had two drive-in theaters locally? When I first came up here (1977) the drive-in behind Cash N' Carry was still open. Also, there was one over by Toni's on Gintoli.

    The last time I went with my wife it was raining so hard we couldn't see the screen!NOt that it mattered much...

  2. Yeah, I can't remember how many times I was asked how the movie was and couldn't remember.
    Good times.

  3. After leaving my comment I noticed that the counter still says 1 comment. I thought I would leave another and see if it jumps to 3.

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  5. There was a really cool Drive-In in Willow Creek at the Early Bird Market. The son of the man who built it made it his priority to dismantle it as soon as he took ownership. What a loss. It would have qualified for first-run release being the only theater within a 50mi radius.
    In E. Los Angeles in the early 70's, you took your life in your hands when you went to the snack bar during a Bruce Lee movie.

  6. I always liked when drive-in's ran R rated movies. There is nothing like seeing a bare breast 30 feet high and luminous.


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