Winnetka Drive-In

20210 Prairie Avenue,
Chatsworth, CA 91311

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Logan5 on October 8, 2014 at 10:23 pm

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

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

Goggle Earth from 1989

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.

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.

seanjung on March 28, 2010 at 9:17 am

Website about the old Winnetka Drive-in:


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.

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.

kencmcintyre on January 13, 2009 at 12:02 am

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

Jimbo on January 12, 2009 at 9:41 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.

WDM on January 12, 2009 at 9:23 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 on November 20, 2007 at 8:02 pm

…. The Winnetka 6 was a really dumb idea – If you didn’t get in the correct lane right away, you were off to some other movie you didn’t want to see …

Also – while you were watching YOUR movie, the flicker from the OTHER screens distracted you … Bummer!

kencmcintyre on July 7, 2007 at 4:05 am

Here is a condensed (ahem) version of an LA Times story dated 5/17/96:

The Winnetka Drive-in Theater in Chatsworth, one of only two left in the San Fernando Valley, will be torn down later this year to make way for one of the largest indoor movie theater complexes in the state. On the site of the drive-in at Prairie and Winnetka avenues is to be a multimillion-dollar megaplex with shops, restaurants and 26 movie screens capable of seating 5,500 viewers, Pacific Theatres announced Thursday. It is scheduled to open in June 1997. The demise of the Winnetka Drive-in, which the company said was built in the 1970s, will leave the San Fernando Valley with only one outdoor movie theater, the Van Nuys Drive-in, also owned by Pacific Theatres.

William on April 13, 2005 at 3:48 pm

The Winnetka Drive-In was built and operated by Pacific Theatres.