Village Drive-In

4213 Montgomery Drive,
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

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Village Drive-In

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The Village Drive-In was opened around 1952. It was closed in 1986 and has since been demolished. It had a rather distinctive two-sided marquee. This must have been one of the larger drive-ins in the area as it held space for 750 cars.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 9, 2011 at 5:58 am

Drive-Ins.com gives the address of the Village Drive-In as 6695 Coddington, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. However, there is apparently no street called Coddington in Santa Rosa, though there is a shopping center called Coddingtown Mall. I’ve been unable to track down the name of the street the drive-in was actually on.

In any case, the drive-in’s zip code should be changed to 95405. Giving Google Maps the wrong zip code has sent this theater to Stockton, a hundred miles from its actual location.

MelissaPOM
MelissaPOM on October 17, 2011 at 11:32 am

This drive in was located across the street from the main entrance to Spring Lake. It was owned by Redwood Theaters in Novato, CA during the time I worked for Coddingtown Theaters from 1981-1983. Since this was a “sister” theater to Coddingtown, I was asked to help during inventory at the Village Drive In. I also spent many memorable hours enjoying the movies that were played there and hanging out with my co-workers in the lobby. I distinctly remember the day it was demolished. I believe it was in 1983. I have a newspaper clipping of it somewhere in a box. If I remember correctly, the manager was there that day watching. Can’t forget this theater!

MelissaPOM
MelissaPOM on October 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm

You can view some pictures from the 50’s of this theater at http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/10879.html

MelissaPOM
MelissaPOM on October 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Summerfield road right across from Howarth Park (which was part of Spring Lake). Found it on Google. Tennis courts and parking lot are still there. Amazing. :–)

moviebear1
moviebear1 on January 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Opps … Uploaded Thumbnail by mistake have added the full sided Image.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 30, 2012 at 12:42 am

Above address is incorrect. Approx. address for this drive-in was 4213 Montgomery Drive. Shadow Ln. was the entrance.

The Summerfield address above is where the Summerfield/Lakeview theatre (which opened before the drive-in closed) is located.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 30, 2012 at 11:30 am

jwmovies is correct. At this link you can see the drive-in outlined on the 1955 USGS map at Historic Aerials.

Because Google Maps isn’t fetching the right location for our page, here is a link to a corrected map. I used 4201 Shadow Lane to get Google to put an icon (a letter “A” in a circle rather than the usual pin icon) on top of the residential project that now occupies the site of the drive-in.

Here is Street View looking up Shadow Lane from Montgomery Drive, the former entrance to the drive-in.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 30, 2012 at 11:38 am

The Historic Aerials link in my previous comment isn’t working. Try this one.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Neither of my links to Historic Aerials is working. Go to their hom page and paste this address into the Search field:

4201 Shadow Lane, Santa Rosa, CA

Then pick “T1955” from the column in the upper left corner of the aerial view the site fetches, and you get the 1955 map. Zoom in using the row of circles at the lower right corner of the map. Selecting the fifth or sixth circle from the left gives a good scale.

Zonyasmom
Zonyasmom on April 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I worked at the Village Drive In in 1955-56 as a cashier and met my husband of 57 years there. It was a great time!

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