Group turns to social media to help bring back the Drive-In


It used to be a Friday night fixture in Kern County, people watching movies at the nearest drive-in theater.  Now, there’s an idea of bringing back the drive-in and building on social media.

The Crest Drive-In in Southwest Bakersfield was the place to be in 1963, but it closed 36 years later.  A group, now wants to bring it back.

“We find a lot of moms and grandmas saying they want to take their kids and grand kids to this again so that they can experience the same joy that they had when they were little,” said Josiah Frazier, founder of the Facebook group ‘Give Bakersfield a Drive-In Theater.

Josiah Frazier created the Facebook page, a movement to help get a state of the art facility back in town.

“We’re looking at what people are saying and its really helping to kind of guide where we want to go as a team to make it a reality.”

The page was created a week ago, and interest has grown rapidly.

“Now with the way the economy is going, its getting better and I think we have better technology today to facilitate security, we can protect our drive in theater when it becomes a reality and people will show up,” said Matthew Facenda who supports the project.

The group of volunteers plans to meet in the coming weeks to talk about bringing private investors and franchise owners into the mix.  They want to start holding fundraisers and sharing their ideas with Bakersfield city leaders.

“It just keeps growing every second, minute, hour and I think that everybody is really united in this idea because we all want the same thing, we want that community and family atmosphere back in our city,” said Paris Strongin who wants to see a drive-in in Bakersfield.

The Crest Drive-In was demolished back in 2003.

The Facebook group says bringing back a drive-in would help create jobs and give families more things to do in Bakersfield.


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