Simi Valley Drive-In

361 Tierra Rejada Road,
Simi Valley, CA 93065

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The Simi Valley Drive-In was opened around 1962. If you lived in Simi Valley, you went to the drive-in at least once in your life. It was a lot of fun and I have a lot of fond memories especially as a kid. They used to hold swap meets on the weekend and did so for a while after they stopped showing movies in the early-1990’s.

They’ve since torn down the whole theatre and now it’s a housing tract, as far as I know there is no sign of the theater left. (This is info I got from friends on the the land being housing since I haven’t lived in the town since 1999).

Contributed by Michael Hallack

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rtm242 on November 29, 2007 at 10:13 pm

Great pictures… too bad the link with the demolition pictures was dead.

I added my memories about the Larwin in its section if anyone is curious: /theaters/21845/

As for Simi Drive in… some memories:

  • Sitting in line waiting for each car to find a spot and park.

  • Try to mount the heavy steel monotone speaker on the side of the window glass without breaking it.

  • The scary rusty playground right below the screen.

  • The walk between the cars in the dark to the snack bar while watching the movie playing on the other screen.

  • Spending too many quarters in the junk toy vending machine. Such as a toy guillotine that looked like it would cut off your finger, but didn’t.

  • Snacks were ready to go, you just grabbed what you wanted and paid.

  • The walk back to the car, not wanting to miss the movie yet trying not to be distracted by the movie and fall dropping all the snacks you just bought.

  • Intermission cartoons… don’t see those much any more.

kencmcintyre on March 31, 2009 at 7:34 pm

If you enter the address here you will see three aerial photos showing the drive-in. No street number is needed, the drive-in will pop right up. In the 1969 photo, the drive-in is in the middle of nowhere as none of the surrounding property had been developed.
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 31, 2009 at 8:44 pm

The Simi Drive-In was opened by Metropolitan Theatres in September, 1963. The announcement was published in the September 9 issue of Boxoffice Magazine.

kencmcintyre on April 1, 2009 at 7:13 am

There must have been enough of a population base at that time to justify the construction. Panning around the 1969 photo shows only farmland, and I can’t imagine 1963 being any different.

William on April 1, 2009 at 7:33 am

The address of the Simi Drive-In was 361 Tierra Rejada Road, Simi Valley 93065 and the car capacity was 500.

kencmcintyre on April 2, 2009 at 1:51 pm

This ad was in the Van Nuys Valley News in February 1974. Per William’s post immediately above, the address should be corrected in the introduction.

TLSLOEWS on May 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Thanks for the info ken mc.

jbsyv on January 1, 2013 at 11:11 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……

Ftopel on August 31, 2018 at 10:30 pm

The 1993 movie Poetic Justice filmed a scene here complete with a fake movie playing. Wish I was around to see it in person but that’s a nice way to preserve it.

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