The closing of the Wilson Theater

Who could forget the fabulous Crest or the Tower Theater? Fresno’s drive-ins were the most popular with teens, among them the Moon-Glow and the Sunset. The world’s largest outdoor screen was housed at the Sunnyside Drive-in. Did you hide in the trunk to save 50 cents or possibly steam up the car’s windows? Share your old Fresno theater memories here.

The closing of the Wilson Theater

Postby lollypop » Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:03 pm

Hello everyone. For me, it was the Wilson theater. I miss it so.

In an effort to improve my grades in elementary school, my Mother made this deal: get an A on your Spelling List exam every week and I will drive you downtown to the Wilson Theater (where the had a old day matinee on Saturdays) and not only pay your admission plus candy counter money! Well, needless to say I got an A on the Spelling List 100% of the time. On a sad note, I promptly forgot all those words I learned so thank goodness for spell check.

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It' so sad to learn of all the closings of not only the great movie theaters but all the great eateries in Fresno. I found this photo on eBay (how could anybody tell I know) and the seller was saying that this was the very last marquee showing the final movie in 1971.

Miss you Fresno,

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Re: The closing of the Wilson Theater

Postby mjf » Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:29 am

IN '50 you ALWAYS went to the matinee on Sunday -- to meet up with those you hung around with Saturday night.

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