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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monika on December 14, 2008 at 7:04 pm

This was also where the drive-in scenes from “Grease” were filmed, as well as the aforementioned “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”.

kencmcintyre on March 31, 2009 at 9:17 am

If you enter the address in this site, you will see aerial photos from 1948 to the present. In the first shot Culver City is farmland, and the theater is under construction. Over the years you see the area developing. In the contemporary photos there is no trace of the drive-in.
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kencmcintyre on March 31, 2009 at 9:17 am

The related links site is defunct and should be removed.

MagicLantern on June 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm

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

drb on October 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Found this among my photos:

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DavidZornig on April 22, 2015 at 6:57 pm

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

DavidZornig on April 22, 2015 at 6:58 pm

Undated aerial photo added courtesy of Brent N Lois Melander.

davidcoppock on April 19, 2016 at 1:35 am

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

Element02 on May 30, 2017 at 6:47 pm

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.

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