Studio Drive-In

5250 Sepulveda Boulevard,
Culver City, CA 90230

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drb
drb on October 5, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Found this among my photos:

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MagicLantern
MagicLantern on June 17, 2010 at 6:35 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 31, 2009 at 11:17 am

The related links site is defunct and should be removed.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 31, 2009 at 11:17 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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monika
monika on December 14, 2008 at 9:04 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 29, 2008 at 10:53 pm

Hard to believe that this theater has been closed for almost fifteen years. They did cram a lot of shoebox-size houses into the space.

unihikid
unihikid on March 25, 2008 at 10:52 am

i dont really think it was an eyesore,i mean it was great to see it when everything around it were shopping malls.another thing that i rememeber were the trees surrounding it.it really was a nice place,its hard to imagine that all thoese tiny houses now occupy the site.

ArmandV101
ArmandV101 on February 22, 2007 at 9:02 pm

I remember the place well. We went there many times. One double-feature was “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Logan’s Run” in 1977.

moviebear1
moviebear1 on March 26, 2006 at 10:22 pm

I love the marquee that I have seen in photos. but most of the shots online are very small… does anyone have a high quality day shot of the marquee where you can see the detail?

hahaaa
hahaaa on February 1, 2006 at 8:22 pm

I remember this place, boy was it an eyesore to look at, it was just an ugly big wall standing in the middle of nowhere… yet it amazes me how such a place can become so popular with the local, well it did play great movies and this after was a place of great memories… many people who have told me stories of first kisses, guys/girls/family night out, marriage proposals, birthdays, and so many other great memories under the moonlight, all in front of a big ugly wall, which played great movies.

It’s gone now, and so is the ugly wall, a housing development took over. Nowadays, Culver City’s got the Bridge, The Mann, and The Pacific 14, nice date places, too bad you can’t propose to your lover here, or make side-comments on the movie here, without people shushing, at least now we all can see Beautiful Culver City in all its charm unobstructed.

hahaaa
hahaaa on February 1, 2006 at 8:21 pm

I remember this place, boy was it an eyesore to look at, it was just an ugly big wall standing in the middle of nowhere… yet it amazes me how such a place can become so popular with the local, well it did play great movies and this after was a place of great memories… many people who have told me stories of first kisses, guys/girls/family night out, marriage proposals, birthdays, and so many other great memories under the moonlight, all in front of a big ugly wall, which played great movies.

It’s gone now, and so is the ugly wall, a housing development took over. Nowadays, Culver City’s got the Bridge, The Mann, and The Pacific 14, nice date places, too bad you can’t propose to your lover here, or make side-comments on the movie here, without people shushing Beautiful Culver City unobstructed.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 16, 2005 at 6:10 pm

I drove by this theater shortly after it closed. The marquee stated “Closed Forever”. Too bad.

unihikid
unihikid on April 7, 2005 at 10:16 am

the last movie i saw there was with my dad in his old 65 fairlane,the movie was ghost and it was a double feature,i remember going to sleep right after the credits.but i did get a chance to play on the old swing set,which was really rusty and dangerous.we broke into the theatre in 96 i think,and that was cool.afterward we went to denneys then ice skating.for a while they use to have a swap meet there ,dont think it was sucessful,i was real hurt when they tore it down.that was the last drive in in the area ,stupid people with money i tell you!

DriveInGirl
DriveInGirl on June 3, 2004 at 4:10 pm

Something about this drive-in really got to me. Though I had never been there it just really broke my heart they tore it down. I saw it in the movie Jawbreaker and the scene was extremely sad. the sun is setting but the lot is empty and no one is coming for the show. The movie was made several years after the Studio closed in 93 and it looked like it was in great shape and could have easily been restored. Ofcourse, being owned by that greedy Pacific Theatre crap, it’s no wonder it got closed down. It was also in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and in this drive-in scene the Studio is alive and doing well and I wish it was still around. I think there could have been hope for this drive-in it had a beautiful screen and the most amazing marquee. Though I’ve never been to Studio I feel like Im missing out on something wonderful and that hurts a lot. I wish i could have some pictures of it. If anyone reading this, most likely Daria or anyone else with pictures, can you please please send them to ? Thank you so much. RIP Studio,

Gaelyn A.K.A “Drive-in GiRL"
http://i_love_drive_ins.tripod.com

bonnach
bonnach on May 27, 2004 at 1:46 pm

I used to have friends who lived just over the fence on the right side of the Studio. They had a deck with the speaker set ups so they could watch the movies. I always envied them, but they were kind of tired of it all. They probably had more fun spying on the crowd with their binoculars.

Daria
Daria on May 5, 2004 at 3:53 am

I remember taking photos of the screen tower at the Studio a few months before it was demolished. The people at the old folks home across the street stared at me like I was nuts! I recall that they were still lighting the neon name on the screen long after the theater closed; it was a nice, reassuring view from the 405 Fwy. I knew that the theater wasn’t long for this world when I saw the president of Pacific Theaters on TV one night talking about how their modern cash crop was as a real estate company. “Our properties didn’t earn any money before sundown,” he said, right before mentioning all of the shopping malls, condos and shoebox theaters they were going to be building. He had a point…but it still hurt to hear it.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on February 11, 2004 at 5:28 pm

If memory serves, the drive-in sequence in “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” was filmed here.

William
William on February 11, 2004 at 3:42 pm

He was at the Picwood Theatre around 1981.

RobertR
RobertR on February 11, 2004 at 3:31 pm

I visited him at The Avco many times, that was a class house. The Picwood I am not familiar with.

William
William on February 11, 2004 at 3:29 pm

I worked with him at the Picwood Theatre and then the Avco Theatre in Westwood. I saw him a few times over at the Studio Drive-In.

RobertR
RobertR on February 11, 2004 at 3:12 pm

ah cool you knew him too? I couldent remember which way it was spelled.

William
William on February 11, 2004 at 3:08 pm

RobertR, His name was Paul Marks.

RobertR
RobertR on February 11, 2004 at 2:46 pm

A friend of mine Paul Marx was one of the last projectionists here. A few times when I was in LA I would go visit him at the Studio. The place seemed to still be doing a good business even at the end, but I guess the real estate was worth more. I have pictures I took of him in the projection booth and of the marquee. So sad all of this is becoming history.