Simi Drive-In

361 Tierra Rejada Road,
Simi Valley, CA 93065

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Simi Drive-In

The Simi Drive-In was opened on August 7, 1963. 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 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.

rivest266 on October 25, 2019 at 3:34 pm

The Simi Drive-In opened on August 7th, 1963. Grand opening ad posted.

DavidZornig on February 17, 2020 at 7:46 pm

1975 print ad as Simi Drive-In Theatre, Tuesday Night Swap Meet added courtesy Chach Hernandez‎.

Drive_in_Freak on June 21, 2021 at 6:14 am

Featured in Drive-In Massacre (1976)

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