Simi Valley Drive-In

361 Tierra Rejada Road,
Simi Valley, CA 93065

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jbsyv
jbsyv on January 1, 2013 at 2:11 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……

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 8, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Thanks for the info ken mc.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 2, 2009 at 4:51 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

William
William on April 1, 2009 at 10:33 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 1, 2009 at 10:13 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 31, 2009 at 11:44 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
kencmcintyre on March 31, 2009 at 10:34 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.
View link

rtm242
rtm242 on November 30, 2007 at 1:13 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 July 31, 2007 at 6:27 pm

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

VirginiaHill
VirginiaHill on August 25, 2005 at 8:47 pm

Larwin Theater was on Los Angeles Avenue which turned into Tierra Rejada Road at the Madera Road and Los Angeles intersection. The drive in was about a half mile on the right past K Mart. Saw quite a few movies there in the 60’s and 70’s. Used to watch movies on horseback from the hill behind the theater. Spent years at the ranch across the street and remember dealing with the traffic on swap meet days. Great memories. Terribly sad that the area is all houses.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on April 13, 2005 at 9:09 pm

Was this down the street from the Larwin Theatre?