Valley Drive-In East & West

3480 Mission Avenue,
Oceanside, CA 92058

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Drive-In and surrounding area

Opened by Pacific Theatres on August 24, 1966 as the Mission Drive-In with Frank Sinatra in “Assault on a Queen” & Marty Allen in “The Last of the Secret Agents”. A second screen opened in 1969 and it was renamed Mission San Luis Rey Drive-In. Two more screens were added in 1978. It was renamed New Valley Drive-In in 1979 and later became the Valley Drive-In. It was closed as the Valley Drive-In East & West in 1999. One screen was demolished in July 2016, the remainder is intact and used as a swap meet.

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hownowbrownpaul
hownowbrownpaul on April 2, 2006 at 12:51 am

There are several photos of the Valley Drive-in here:
http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2675.html

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 23, 2007 at 1:42 pm

Advertised as New Valley Drive In, September 1979, with four screens. Address was 3840 Mission Avenue.

hownowbrownpaul
hownowbrownpaul on May 27, 2008 at 11:21 pm

This theater opened on 24 August 1966. I confirmed this by searching through microfilm records at the Oceanside Public Library. The films shown that first night were “Assault on a Queen” and “The Last of the Secret Agents?”. The theater’s original name was the Mission Drive-In Theater. Within the first year of operation the name had changed to the Mission San Luis Rey Drive-In.

I have started compiling photos and information about this theater on this blog site:
http://valleydrive-in.blogspot.com/

juliagreen
juliagreen on March 7, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Is this the multi-screened drive in that appears at 33.2211°N 117.3402°W (TopoZone coordinates cutnpasted into Google Earth)?

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Great photos of the mens room.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on June 18, 2010 at 5:00 pm

The address was 3480 Mission Avenue.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on June 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm

If you go to that address – sorry for not noticing it earlier, ken mc – it looks like it’s actually four screens.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm

PLEASE UPDATE THE ADDRESS TO 3480 Mission Avenue. Now Oceanside Swap Meet.

The original address for this drive-in was 3460 Mission Avenue. This was before the expressway was put in. You can still see part of the old entrance road across from the newer one.

NOW YOU SHOULD BE REALLY CONFUSED!

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 5, 2018 at 10:02 am

Opened on 24/8/1966 as Mission Drive-in with “Assault on a queen” and “The Last of the secret Agents?”. Screen 2 opened in 1969 and renamed Mission San Luis Rey Drive-in. Screens 3 and 4 opened in 1978. Remamed New Valley Drive-in in 1979 and later Valley Drive-in, and then Valley Drive-in East & West. Closed in 1999. The site is still complete(except for one of the screens torn down in July 2016), and used as a swap meet(started in 1971).

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