Canoga Park Drive-In

Canoga Avenue and Strathern Street,
Canoga Park, CA 91303

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Canoga Park Drive-In

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The Canoga Park Drive-In was located on the west side of Canoga Avenue one block south of Roscoe Boulevard. Shut down by the Pacific Theatre chain in the mid-1970’s, the property was sold in 1976 and the drive-in subsequently torn down. The site is now an industrial complex housing a variety of businesses.

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William
William on March 30, 2007 at 9:00 am

The car capacity was between 1100-1200 cars.

Lavarus
Lavarus on March 30, 2007 at 11:31 am

This venue seemed to follow a curious pattern of San Fernando Valley drive-in theaters being located next to railroad lines, as was the case with both the San Val in Burbank, and the Winnetka in Chatsworth.

Does anyone know if this was on purpose, or merely a coincidence?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 23, 2007 at 2:12 pm

Here is a September 1960 ad from the Valley News:
http://tinyurl.com/ywn2r9

Jimbo
Jimbo on November 14, 2007 at 8:38 pm

The Canoga Drive-in Was located on the South-West corner of Canoga Ave and Strathern St. We had an apartment on Owensmouth (one block West of Canoga) and used to sit on our balcony and get to watch the movies FREE – the sound carried over, too. Rent was a wopping $75/month back in 1966, but FREE MOVIES? …. couldn’t beat it!!

Jim Rowe

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 14, 2007 at 9:11 pm

My drive-in in Absecon, NJ had train tracks behind the theater. We used to sit on the tracks and watch the films for free. You could even hear the sound from the paying customer’s clip-on speakers.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 18, 2010 at 1:23 am

Here is a November 1965 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/yf6y32z

aerogami
aerogami on May 6, 2010 at 3:19 am

It was indeed on the corner of Canoga and Srathern, it stretched back all the way to Owensmouth. I have an Aerial photo of it from 1966. I’d much rather it was still there than the business park.

aerogami
aerogami on May 6, 2010 at 3:27 am

As soon as Cinema treasures gets their photo system up and running again I’ll post it. in the mean time, here’s a link to the aerial photo of Canoga Park Drive-in circa 1966.

View link Park 1966 Drive in.jpg

aerogami
aerogami on May 6, 2010 at 3:30 am

Sorry, better link to Canoga Drive-In Aerial Photo

http://tinyurl.com/32fcp4j

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 7939 Canoga Avenue.

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