Sepulveda Drive-In

6161 Sepulveda Boulevard,
Van Nuys, CA 91411

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Circa 1978 photo credit Robert Juzefski.

The Sepulveda Drive-In opened May 25, 1955 with Richard Todd in “A Man Called Peter” & Sterling Hayden in “The Eternal Sea”. It was built & operated by Aladdin Enterprises. It was closed August 13, 1989. It has since been demolished.

Contributed by William Gabel

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 1:51 am

Give her time Mike she will!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 21, 2010 at 1:54 am

Yeah, she is a school teacher,doesn’t need headaches from us.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on March 13, 2015 at 9:02 am

The drive in theatre was seen in the television series Chips(Season 3,episode 11 – The return of the supercycle.),chased by baker(and Ponch?) in the drive in theatre(scene unknown). According to Chips wiki it may also have appeared before in the Chips television series(Season 1,episode 8-green thumb burglar),althrough the sign seen briefly before the police chase enters the drive in theatre lot,says Long Beach(drive in?)

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on March 26, 2015 at 7:12 am

the drive in was seen in the television series Knight Rider-season 3,episode 5(halloween knight),chasing the bad guy into the drive in near the of the episode.

OKCdoorman
OKCdoorman on November 6, 2018 at 4:36 pm

For those with Netflix the Sepulveda is (quickly) visible during the introductory ‘bus ride’ in the newly-released Orson Welles film THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND. (A different portion of the film was reportedly photographed inside of the nearby Reseda Drive-In.)

KenLayton
KenLayton on April 17, 2019 at 3:15 am

Chips episode titled “Green Thumb Burglars” has them chasing a truck through the field of the drive-in theater. This is the episode where the guys pull over H.R Pufnstuf (in costume).

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on June 5, 2019 at 2:46 pm

The site is now a gym(LA Fitness).

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on June 20, 2019 at 3:32 pm

The drive-in was also seen in the tv series “Chips”(season 1, epidode 6 – Baby food), briefly showing the screen over the fence from the motor home that Ponch was staying in next door to the drive-in. The motor home has been demolished and is now a self-storage facitly.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 19, 2019 at 7:45 pm

Grand opening ad from the N. Hollywood Valley Times posted. (The LA Times ad had the same design.)

rivest266
rivest266 on October 19, 2019 at 7:46 pm

1976 commuter bus ad posted as well.

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