Winnetka 6 Drive-In

20210 Prairie Avenue,
Chatsworth, CA 91311

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The back of the main screen at Winnetka 6

The Winnetka 4 Drive-in was the last drive-in to be built (1975) and opened March 14, 1975 with 4-screens and holding 1,400 cars. In 1985 two more screens were added increasing the car capacity to 2,300. It was the last to close (1996) in the San Fernando Valley.

The Pacific Winnetka 21 multiplex has occupied the site of the former drive-in since 1998.

Contributed by David Knatcal

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Jimbo on January 13, 2009 at 2:43 pm

** According to SEVERAL websites here’s the stats for
Built (in) 1948 -
Vehicle Capacity 890, Eventually 1400.
Closed August 1996
Demolished in August, 1998.

… a grade school now sits in it’s former location.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 28, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Went to the drive-in once and went to the walk-in once. You can still feel the spirit of the drive-in when you’re standing in the parking lot.

seanjung on March 28, 2010 at 9:17 am

Website about the old Winnetka Drive-in:


stvusn on June 30, 2010 at 5:02 am

I have alot of memories going there when I was a teenager,We used to load up our cars n trucks and party at the movies,I remember buying cigarettes for dana plato,rest her soul, But we spent alot of times there,My best friend loved the giant spider invasion movie,and it seems we saw it evey week it played.

smokeringer on June 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm

One memory I have: being 6 years old, sitting in the backseat of my friend’s Camaro, waiting for the movie to start, and listening to Van Halen’s first record. I think I also saw the flick “Grizzly” at this drive-in.

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Drive-In 54 on June 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Goggle Earth from 1989

Logan5 on October 8, 2014 at 10:23 pm

“The Rocketeer” was presented here in 35mm beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.

culcune on February 14, 2016 at 3:38 am

My wife and I saw the very last movie they ever played. I forget the main feature, ironically, but the second run movie was ‘The Rock.’ The other screens had gone dark, but right about midnight, the second run movie began. I fell asleep for a lot of the movie, LOL. My car’s radio did not work, so I had to borrow one of the theater’s loaner speaker thing they loaned out, and I was thinking, “why are they even taking my driver’s license to borrow it, it’s not like the theater will be open tomorrow (meaning I should have been allowed to keep is as a souvenir, LOL. Sad it was closing, but I have to say, to this day, I am so glad it didn’t end up turning into nonsense, like condos or homes, but rather, stayed as a theater! The closing night was so subdued, it really just seemed to be another random weekday night! Bittersweet!!

davidcoppock on October 19, 2018 at 8:12 am

Opened with 4 screens. Screens 5 and 6 opened in 1985. 2300 cars.

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