Studio Drive-In

5250 Sepulveda Boulevard,
Culver City, CA 90230

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STUDIO DRIVE IN THEATRE in Culver City entrance

The Studio Drive-In opened August 26, 1948 and was independently operated. It was taken over by Pacific Theatres in April 1952. Closed in 1993, it was demolished in September 1998.

Contributed by G.E. Nordell

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MagicLantern on June 18, 2010 at 12:35 am

Was this known as the Cina-Car Drive-In at one point? Can’t imagine Culver City having two drive-ins.

drb on October 6, 2010 at 12:04 am

Found this among my photos:

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DavidZornig on April 23, 2015 at 2:57 am

Recent article with marquee photo from premiere of “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”, 1985. Copy & paste to view.

DavidZornig on April 23, 2015 at 2:58 am

Undated aerial photo added courtesy of Brent N Lois Melander.

davidcoppock on April 19, 2016 at 9:35 am

The drive-in scenes in the movie Grease were filmed at the Pickwick drive-in, not the Studio Drive-in.

Element02 on May 31, 2017 at 2:47 am

This drive in was used in the movie Jawbreaker, which was released in February of 99. Apparently, the scenes were shot shortly before it’s demolition.

davidcoppock on October 19, 2018 at 12:40 pm

Also called Heart of screenland. Site is now a Holiday Inn.

DavidZornig on November 19, 2018 at 3:47 pm

Facebook link with KTLA news coverage of the 1998 demolition.

retroalli on March 18, 2019 at 4:04 am

This theater is shown in the background of a couple of residential shots in Crime of Passion from 1957.

rivest266 on October 6, 2019 at 10:33 pm

Grand opening ad posted claiming that it was the largest drive-in in the west.

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