Winnetka Drive-In

20210 Prairie Avenue,
Chatsworth, CA 91311

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The back of the main screen at Winnetka 6

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The Winnetka Drive-in was the last drive-in to be built (1976) and 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.

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WDM
WDM on January 12, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Pacific actually wanted to keep 3 screens (Hence the open area up front of the walk in till the 2005-2006 time frame). However the local city coucil member didn’t want the drive in so he stopped the plan. What an Ahole. The Simi also closed the same year and the Van Nuys was the last one standing.

Jimbo
Jimbo on January 12, 2009 at 4:41 pm

That was councilman Wilkinson – the town drunk …. he was also responsible for holding up the refurbishing of the RESEDA walk-in … a real loser!

He did get a local park & rec center named after himself.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 12, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Was the LA Times wrong about the Van Nuys Drive-In still being open in May 1996?

Jimbo
Jimbo on January 13, 2009 at 9:43 am

** According to SEVERAL websites here’s the stats for
VAN NUYS DI =
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 6:59 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
seanjung on March 28, 2010 at 4:17 am

Website about the old Winnetka Drive-in:

[url]http://www.drive-insdownunder.com.au/worldwide/ca_winnetka6.htm[/url]

stvusn
stvusn on June 30, 2010 at 12:02 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
smokeringer on June 6, 2012 at 2:27 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.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Goggle Earth from 1989

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