Drive-in Theatres


twilight ready in the night

The perfect family outing on a summer evening.

The perfect date whether or not you fogged your windshield.

Van Nuys Drive-In Grand Opening 1948

Van Nuys Drive-In Theatre
15040 Roscoe, Van Nuys, CA
Built 1948 Operated by Pacific Theatres
Vehicle Capacity: Originally 890; Eventually 1400
Closed August 1996, demolished in August, 1998

Sepulveda Drive-In Theatre
On Erwin Street, west of Sepulveda, South of Victory & next to Interstate 405
Van Nuys, CA
Built 1953-4 & Operated by Aladin & Pacific Theatres
Vehicle Capacity:1500
Closed August 13, 1989, Screen demolished 1992
view of marquee on Erwin at Sepulveda, 1955; those are not real rocket ships

Reseda Drive-In Theatre   another view
off Etiwanda, north of Van Owen, near Reseda Boulevard
Reseda, CA
Opened April 7, 1949 & Operated by Pacific Theatres
Vehicle Capacity: 740; Closed & obliterated circa 1985


The Victory Drive-In Theatre

L.A.'s first drive-in: "The Pico" at Westwood Boulevard, 1934
They actually talk,
these outdoor movies
Just one big outdoor speaker
on top of the screen!
Progress: many outdoor speakers,
and nearby, too
Hi tech: your own private speaker!
Flashman promotes
Kids Play Area Beneath the Screen
Screen later moved to 12109 Olympic Bl at Bundy
& became: "The Olympic"
closed 1973

Thanks to Bill Sherlock Tanner for discovering many San Fernando Valley photos
& to the Los Angeles Central Librarian, Glen Creason

Updated 3 February 2011

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