Santa Paula Drive-In

125 East Harvard,
Santa Paula, CA 93060

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Listed in city directories as open in 1951 – but possibly built in the late 1940’s – this theatre had a capacity for 500 cars and was operated by Pacific. It was named the Cinema Bar at one point, and was listed at 224 Barkla, a street which later became known as Harvard.

Pacific Theatres gave up the ghost on this one in the 1970’s after an unsuccessful attempt at programming Spanish-language films to draw in the migrant demographic of Santa Paula. Eventually destroyed, condominiums and a mini-mall on this spot have completely erased any hint that there might have ever been a drive-in in this eastern portion of Ventura County.

Contributed by MagicLantern

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kencmcintyre on January 15, 2010 at 10:54 am

The owner was Milton Smith in the early 1960s. The drive-in was gone by 1978. Here is a 1969 aerial view:

rivest266 on August 7, 2011 at 7:31 am

Aerial photo made in 1967 by USGS

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