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Re: Sunnyside - "Largest Screen in the World"

by Lost Fresno » Mon May 25, 2015 6:17 pm

I found this interesting archeology type find at the old Sunnyside Drive in site. They were looking for old coins but it is interesting to see how the old area looks today. Bleak to say the least. But I remember a better time when it was a wonderful event to go the the Sunnyside drive in.

Re: Sunnyside Drive-In

by took64a » Mon May 11, 2015 3:24 pm

As I remember, Sunnyside was the only drive in that had heaters that you could hang on your windows along with the speaker! I attcahed an ad that states on the top" "ELECTRIC CAR HEATERS".This was huge because if it was winter and you went anyplace else, you had to start up the car motor every 30 minutes to warm the car back up. But along with the drive in staff wearing long white 1800's type motoring outfits with cap and goggles on their heads, the costumes AND the heaters went away after the first year. But still, that was one huge screen.
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October 9, 1965 ad for heaters at Sunnyside

Re: Sunnyside Drive-In

by Ladylinda248 » Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:20 pm

What great memories of a Drive-In that should have never been torn down. Pacific Theaters had 2, the Sunnyside and the Woodward Park Drive In. Sitting in lawn chairs drinking sodas, eating pizza, and watching a movie was a great time on the weekends with friends and family.

Re: Sunnyside Drive-In

by MikeS1957 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:58 pm

Saw a lot of movies there with my folks and then when I started driving in 73 with my girlfriend(s), well we didn't always watch the movies... My last GF/my wife and I played a silly game called Airplane there. Whoever spotted a plane called it. The winery across the street made for an interesting smell during grape harvest, yech. I still don't like wine.

Re: Sunnyside Drive-In

by senpaidonna » Sat Feb 15, 2014 1:03 am

Saw sooo many movies here. It used to be the "nice" drive-in. It was so convenient, too. There was a 7-11 down the street to buy a six pack of Orange Crush in the little bottles, and a KFC near to buy a barrel of chicken. Wear your jammies, eat cold chicken and fresh popcorn, play on the playground up front. My dad used to buy hamburgers at the snack bar, but my mom would never let me have one. She said they'd give me ptomaine poisoning. But my dad always slipped me one, mustard-y and steamy warm in its foil wrapper. I loved going there, unless we took John. John was the son of my parents' friend. He was too scared to go to the playground, and he always threw up before the movie was over. My mom said it must have been the smell from the across the street, but my dad and I knew it was because he was, as my dad said, "a doofy scare-baby." I drive past it now, and I still think of crouching down and eating those forbidden burgers and hearing John say, "I don't feel good."

Re: Drive In Theaters

by Jack » Sun May 05, 2013 11:08 pm

At one time, I believe Sunnyside Drive In had a third screen, to the west end. Wasn't there for very long. Attached is an article about the opening from the Fresno Bee on Sunday, May 23, 1965.
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Ladies help get the drive in ready
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Great article about the opening which was published in 1965

Re: Sunnyside Drive-In

by FresnoBeach » Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:12 pm

I don't remember seeing any movies here but I do remember going to the Swap Meets they had there in the late 70s.

Re: Sunnyside Drive-In

by LAWhitton » Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:30 pm

We lived on Clay Street very close to the Sunnyside drive-in. We could see the screens from our house if we got on the roof. We used to go get Chinese food and take it to the drive-in with us. Sometimes we would take our pick-up truck and park it in backwards with lawn chairs and blankets in the back. We had two little children who would lay on the blankets and always fall asleep before the movie was over. We later moved further out into Clovis, but we would once in a while go back to Sunnyside Drive-in. It was such a shame when it become a swap meet, I know a lot of people enjoyed that too, but it got so run down and it was sad for us because we had such good memories of what it was like before.

Re: Sunnyside Drive-In

by LftFrsno1972 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:57 am

Grew up in the Tulare and Miniwawa area, used to walk in the exit and sit on the ground with a heater and a speaker and enjoy such classics as Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It was great being poor. Later in life drove in the exit not believing those dull spikes could actually destroy my tires, They will, it turns out and they did.
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The Sunnyside Drive in was in sad shape in this photo

Re: Sunnyside Drive-In

by jcred » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:37 pm

Cant remember the name of the last movie shown there only remember that a classmate of mine from Roosevelt was working there as an usher at the the back gate on Clovis ave and later found out on Ch 30 Action News with Roger Rocka and Gus Zerniel on sports and Roy Isom on that night, that my classmate had been shot and killed. Always thought that was part of the reason they closed. This was unheard of in 1978

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