Van Nuys Drive-In

15040 Roscoe Boulevard,
Van Nuys, CA 91343

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Van Nuys Drive-In

The Van Nuys Drive-In was one of many Pacific drive-ins that had murals on their screen towers. The Van Nuys Drive-In opened on July 30, 1948 with Joel McCrea in “Buffalo Bill” & Annabella in “Wings of the Morning”. It parked 891 cars. It lost its mural and original screen tower when it became a tri-plex drive-in.

During its last year, it was the last drive-In located in the valley area of Los Angeles. As Pacific Theatres closed the theater, its marquee said “closed for the season”. That next season never came.

The Van Nuys Drive-In sat empty for a few years and was being used to store cars from a nearby dealership. It was demolished in the late-1990’s.

As of October 2002, the Vineland Drive-In, Pacific’s last drive-in theater, is the closest ozoner to the valley and Los Angeles proper following the closures of the Azusa Drive-In and 101 Drive-In.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 28 comments)

TLSLOEWS on August 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Great photos of the 1982 screen tower.

dhcoimbra on March 15, 2011 at 4:16 am

I lived on Branford st., just a block away, from around 66 to just after the earthquake in 70/71. My Dad worked at the GM assembly plant from 65 until it closed in 92. Alot of memories at that drivein.

garyrabbitt on November 1, 2011 at 9:33 pm

What dept did your dad work in. I was there from ‘72 to 92. I am going to try to post the program info recording for the Victory I made in 1969. We went later to see the features.

I am going to try to post the program info recording for Van Nuys I made in 1969.
Van Nuys program information

If you can’t get the recording, try to right click on the link, then save target as.. to your desktop. I have some other photos I made when they turned it into a triplex, screen torn down on the ground. NOt a good sight.

DavidZornig on April 28, 2015 at 2:21 am

1963 photo added courtesy of the Y-Block Guy Facebook page.

Chris1982 on November 2, 2015 at 7:30 am

Same photo is located on the Cinema Retro Blog.

rivest266 on July 31, 2019 at 2:39 am

Featured in “Once upon a time in Hollywood” must be a computer model.

rivest266 on July 31, 2019 at 3:32 am

Opened July 30th, 1948. Grand opening ad posted

davidcoppock on July 31, 2019 at 4:40 am

Opened with “Buffalo Bill” and “Wings of the morning”.

fred1 on July 31, 2019 at 1:26 pm

This theater was featured in the film Once Upon a time in Hollywood

kennerado on September 14, 2019 at 12:38 am

The school that was built on the site, Vista Middle School appears to have a tribute to the drive-in with its logo of a cowboy on a horse.

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