Fountain Valley Drive-In
18245 Brookhurst Avenue,
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The Fountain Valley Drive-In was opened on July 12, 1967 with Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” & Debbie Watson in “Tammie and the Millionaire”. I recall riding past this drive-in’s huge screen many times in my youth, but I’m not sure if I ever saw a movie there (if I did I don’t recall). However, I do recall passing it once as my mother drove north on Brookhurst Boulevard one night in summer 1980, and as we passed over the 405 Freeway on Brookhurst I could VERY clearly see that <em>The Empire Strikes Back</em> was playing, and I could even make out which scene it was (Luke blowing up the AT-AT walker); this was from at least half a mile away! That’s how big the screen was!
It was closed in October 1984 and later demolished. The land it occupied had apparently increased in value and so shopping centers, restaurants, and homes now occupy the land it once was on (originally all farmland). By 2018 the Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and houses stand on the site.
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