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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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 31, 2007 at 7:27 pm

The Larwin was advertised as a twin in 1976 per the LA Times.

rtm242
rtm242 on November 30, 2007 at 4:13 am

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
kencmcintyre on March 31, 2009 at 11:34 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 April 1, 2009 at 12:44 am

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
kencmcintyre on April 1, 2009 at 11:13 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
William on April 1, 2009 at 11:33 am

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 2, 2009 at 5:51 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.
http://tinyurl.com/dlg627

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Thanks for the info ken mc.

jbsyv
jbsyv on January 1, 2013 at 5:11 pm

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……

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