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jbsyv commented about Valley Drive-In on Jan 1, 2013 at 9:21 am

I remember when my Dad built the Drive-In. Lompoc was in a boom time due to Vandenberg being the choice for the space program at the time. We spent many a good time there. I think we went for free since my Dad built it. Funny story: Back then, the river bank was lined with old cars. I guess that was sort of ok then to prevent erosion. There was a stand of eucalyptus trees behind the drive in. So, me and my best friend took the seat out of one of the cars and mounted it up in the eucs. We ran a wire for a speaker from the back row to our perch in the trees. Then we’d ride our bikes down there and watch the show. That is until we got busted! Those were the days……..

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jbsyv commented about Simi Valley Drive-In on Jan 1, 2013 at 9:11 am

My Dad built the Simi drive-in in 1962-63. He had previously built a drive-in in Lompoc Ca. where we lived at the time. He was a prolific builder in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties at the time. Mostly tract homes and some new commercial buildings. I remember a funny story about the Simi Drive-in. I was only about 14 at the time and Dad had a 55 Corvette that he would let me drive at times. They had just finished the asphalt ‘berms’ that were around the parking area. I got into the vette and began driving around thinking I was Mario Andretti or something. I was driving up on the berms like banks on a race track. Trouble was that the asphalt was still fresh enough to leave tire marks. I got in a lot of trouble. Those were the days……