Reseda Drive-In

18441 Vanowen Street,
Reseda, CA 91335

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres

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Redesa Drive-In marquee

The Reseda Drive-In was opened on April 7, 1949 with Glenn Ford in “The Man From Colorado” & Ronald Reagan in “John Loves Mary”. It was operated by Pacific Drive-In Theatres. In 1968, the Reseda Drive-In played host for the location of Peter Bogdanovich’s movie “Target”, staring Boris Karloff.

This drive-in lasted till the mid-1970’s when it was torn down.

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kencmcintyre on January 22, 2007 at 11:48 pm

Here is an article from the Van Nuys News dated 4/7/49:

Reseda Drive-In Theatre To Stage Grand Opening Tonight

One of the largest silver screens in the world will light up for the first time tonight when the Reseda Drive-In Theatre stages its gala grand opening. Costing over $250,000 to build, the elaborate
10-acre showplace incorporates modern technical advances and latest refinement in show-going comfort. Located in the heart of Reseda at the intersection of Reseda Blvd. and Vanowen Street, the deluxe “theater on wheels” is designed to serve the recreational needs of the entire West Valley area, parking 500 cars on new style ramps.

Individual sound speakers with adjustable volume control are provided for every ear. The entire ten acre theater plant is completely paved. A central building houses sanitary lounges, and an ultramodern snack bar which will serve a variety of hot and cold refreshments during each show. The new “automobile movie palace” has been built by Pacific Drive-In Theatres, owner-operator concern, and which has several such theaters in the Southland.

Jimbo on November 15, 2007 at 2:28 am

Reseda Drive-in had entrances off Reseda Blvd as well as Vanowen via Darby Ave and was located on the North-East corner across from A&W on the South-East corner…

if you were smart, you snuck out the Darby exit and got right over to the A&W .. the losers went out and got caught in traffic on Reseda BL …. HA HA!

Valley on May 28, 2008 at 12:33 pm

I recently purchased a DVD of old “Boston Blackie” episodes from 1951-1952. There’s an episode titled “High Voltage Murder” that features a terrific gun battle and car chase through the old Reseda Drive-In.
I’ll try to post this to YouTube and report back here when it’s up and available to view

kencmcintyre on January 2, 2009 at 2:25 am

Here is part of an LA Times article dated 3/25/79:

The site formerly occupied by the Reseda Drive-In will open next Sunday as the Reseda Business Park and Mid-Valley Racque Ball and Athletic Club, according to the owners. The racquetball and athletic club will open in May.

kencmcintyre on February 20, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Here is an August 1973 ad from the LA Times:

jwmovies on November 14, 2012 at 6:33 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 18441 Vanowen Street, Reseda, Los Angeles, CA. Part of Canby Ave. was the entrance.

The drive-in itself was further north @ Bassett & Canby.

neeb on November 1, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Thank you, Reddit.

wilberfan on September 4, 2016 at 8:54 pm

Wow, neeb, great photos from that Reddit/Imgur post. Thanks for sharing!

davidcoppock on October 5, 2018 at 9:13 am

Opened with “The Man from Colorado”, and “John loves Mary”. Closed in 1985. The drive-in screened Spanish language movies part of the time it was operating. Site is now Reseda Business Park.

MichaelKilgore on April 25, 2020 at 11:27 pm

Adding a name, Boxoffice, Feb. 12, 1949: “Paul Glick of the Canoga in Canoga Park plans an early opening for his new Reseda Drive-In”

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