Campus Drive-In

6147 El Cajon Boulevard,
San Diego, CA 92115

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The Campus Drive-In was built in 1948. It had a capacity for 900 cars. This drive-in closed around 1983 and was demolished. A shopping center was built on its former site.

One of the most memorable features of this drive-in was the 46 foot high drum majorette outlined in neon lights that twirled a baton. Today the neon lighted drum majorette is “alive and well” and resides at the College Grove Shopping Center which replaced this drive-in.

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TRICITY71
TRICITY71 on June 19, 2008 at 8:34 am

NICE, ANYONE HAS INFO OR PHOTOS OF THE STARDUST TWIN CINEMAS IN VISTA CA NORTH COUNTY SAN DIEGO???

monika
monika on June 23, 2008 at 12:14 pm

I grew up just a few blocks from this drive in. A very early memory of mine is seeing it razed on the local news.

JayAllenSanford
JayAllenSanford on July 19, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Here’s an addition to the article excerpt above, about the killing that took place at the Campus in December 1961:

O'Connor’s father Jerome O'Connor spent so much time in courtrooms that he eventually became president of the San Diego Court Watchers Association.

In 1971, the murdered man’s sister, Maureen O'Connor, became the youngest person ever to be elected to the San Diego City Council. She was elected Mayor of San Diego in 1986.

The Reader just posted online a new draft of the complete San Diego drive-in history —– it’s more than twice the length of the original, with a lot of new information and something like 100 graphics that weren’t with the old article either ——

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lunarplaytime
lunarplaytime on October 6, 2008 at 10:48 am

Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) gained ownership of the Neon Majorette in 2001. Here is the most recent article about her published in SOHO’s Our Heritage Magazine: View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Here are two 1983 photos:

Photo1

Photo2

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 21, 2009 at 11:14 am

Here are 1983 night photos:

Photo1

Photo2

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Crying Shame this Drive-in could not be saved.

rivest266
rivest266 on April 6, 2012 at 10:39 am

This opened on August 18th, 1948. The grand opening ad has been posted here.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 1, 2012 at 10:51 am

Scroll down about one-quarter of the way down on this webpage to see some additional pictures of the Campus Drive-in.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm

The Campus Drive-In rated this page in Boxoffice of February 3, 1949. There are four photos. The Campus was designed by San Diego architect George Lykos.

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