Victory Drive-In

13037 Victory Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 91606

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davidcoppock on October 2, 2018 at 9:30 am

Tnere was an appeal to save preserve the mural on tne back of the screen, but it didn’t work.

davidcoppock on October 2, 2018 at 9:20 am

Site is now Savon drug store.

DRIVEIN101 on October 2, 2018 at 8:51 am

Final night of operation was February 13, 1977 with “Bound For Glory” and “Aloha Bobby and Rose”.

TomMc11 on July 22, 2017 at 11:21 pm

It was closed in 1977 and torn down that same year. Looking at Historic Aerials shot from 1978 no trace of it remained and there were business already built on site.

davidcoppock on July 22, 2017 at 1:26 am

When was the drive-in closed and demolished?

roadgeek on January 21, 2014 at 9:11 pm

“The Raid”, an episode from the second season of “The FBI”, was partially filmed at the Victory. A stoolie was murdered in a phone booth by the concession stand, and a sharpshooter fired from atop the V. Great to see “The FBI” on location, and the Victory looked sharp. Whomever owned her at the time was obviously taking care of her. The episode was filmed in 1966.

wavery on April 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I used to set the marquee at the Victory drive-in in 1969. I was 19-years old and I had just bought my 1st home on Atoll Ave (about 3-blocks away) for $19,000. My house payments were $94 a month and my 3 hour a week job of setting that marquee more than made my house payments. When I was 15-17 yrs old, I set the marquee at the Mesa Theater on Crenshaw and Slauson in South Los Angeles. My older brother was the Asst Manager at that theater.

garyrabbitt on November 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm

If you are not able to click on it and play, right click on the link, and Save As.. to your desktop to play.

garyrabbitt on November 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm

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.
Victory program info

drb on December 20, 2010 at 12:51 am

The photo link near the top of the page is now found at:
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And if you’re on Facebook, Valley Relics has
this photo

NYozoner on December 2, 2010 at 2:37 am

Can anyone clarify the post above from 2008 which mentions the Drake Drive-in as being an adult theatre? Does that post indicate it was an adult drive-in, or an indoor?

If it was in fact a drive-in, where was it located and during what years was it operating?

david787 on July 3, 2010 at 9:16 pm

I used to go to the Victory all the time. First with my parents and later with dates. I remember Ludlows, a driving range across the street. It had a pretty decent restaurant. I’ve eaten there many times

MagicLantern on June 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Now a parking lot for Bally’s, CVS, and a supermarket.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm

This Drive-in parked 650 cars and was owned in 1956 by Sero Enterprises.

TLSLOEWS on May 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Thanks Ken Mc.

garyh on January 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm

How I remember the Victory Drive In! We moved to North Hollywood back in 1970 just up the street on Welby Way. We say the movie “The Exorcist” through the ivy covered fence along Morse Street just adjacent to my school Saint Jane Francis De Chantel. What a site at 7 th grade age. I attended Saint Jane’s and we used to watch that way now and then, and also from atop the school office roof top which had a built in overhead portion that jutted out enough to give you cover if raining. It was awesome. We drank beers with the older bothers and ate pizza hut pizza and sometimes Matt and Tony’s subs while watching the movie right there for free any night you wanted. Even had sound. Someone’s brother worked there at the theater and ran wires from one of those speaker poles closest to the school, and the wired ran through the cracks in the asphault to the wall between the theater and the school right below us, then went up and connected to a small speaker right there. It was incredible. Free movies and only a select few knew it was even there. One day during morning prayer role call in the school yard, we saw the Janitor up there picking up beer bottles and trash and thought to ourselves, oh ShT the jig is up! We got up there on the roof by climbing up Mary’s Statue at the head of the schoolyard by the offices.

Also, I’ve been in the screen once and climbed the stairs. And when it was a dirt lot being prepped for a shopping center, a friend and I were trespassing and climbed aboard a tractor that had the keys in it, so we srted it up and almost were tempted to throw it into gear but we thought better. (Our catholic conscience kicking in maybe) and I’m sure it would’ve gone straight through to the building across the street across Victory Blvd (Matt and Tony’s?) oh no!!!!

What memories conjured up in our heads as we would drive north in our daddy’s car looking at the drive in screen with those big letters VICTORY when going north on Coldwater Canyon just past Grant High School. And thinking of all those times.

kencmcintyre on July 31, 2009 at 11:02 am

This is from the Van Nuys News on May 30, 1949:

Victory Theater, the Valley’s newest drive-in motion picture house, formally opened Wednesday night after Mayor Fletcher Bowron officiated at ribbon-cutting rites, which featured such radio and screen luminaries as Andy Devine, Joan Leslie, Doris Day, Alan Young, Beryl Davis, Peter Potter and Ken Miles. Located on Victory Blvd, just west of Coldwater Canyon Ave., the lavish 12-acre automobile-hosting theater introduced an alert array of employees prepared to take care of every customer need, from car repairing to baby bottle warming. Also housing a snack bar and 400 seats, the Victory featured a preview of “My Dream Is Yours” with Jack Carson and Doris Day as its opening billing.

Head of the new enterprise is William Oldknow, 24, whose grandfather erected the third film theater in the nation. Oldknow recently wed Constantina Skouras, niece of Dimitrio Skouras, head of Fox West Coast Theaters.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 20, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Been There – Done That

k0nod on October 1, 2008 at 2:40 pm

My father was a projectionist at the Victory for quite a while in the late ‘50’s and early '60’s. I spent many a Saturday afternoon with him repairing speakers. My mother learned to drive at the Victory, steering around the speaker posts. It was a great drive-in, and it was a golden era for family entertainment.

scoooot on September 3, 2008 at 8:58 am

Nevermind about the Drake question. I found it. Apparently it was an “adult” theatre.

scoooot on September 3, 2008 at 8:54 am

Anyone know anything about the Drake Drive-In in Hollywood? It’s not on this site. I’d like to know when it was built, who owned it, and of course pictures would be great too.

kencmcintyre on September 23, 2007 at 12:25 pm

Here is a March 1958 ad from the Valley News:

LynnTwin on February 23, 2007 at 2:11 pm

FYI, the Victory Drive-In is featured in an episode of the sixties TV series The F.B.I. It is episode 15 from the second season. The episode is titled “Raid”. The Victory Drive-In is featured in the Prologue at the very beginning of the episode. You can view it on AOL’s In2TV site. I think this link will take you there.
Should be fun for those of you with such fond memories of what appears to have been a very cool Drive-In. Enjoy!
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