Stadium 8 Drive-In

1501 W. Katella Avenue,
Orange, CA 92867

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mtcamp on July 18, 2014 at 12:36 pm

@ Scott, you are correct. I remember the projection booth was a bit different. Yeah, it was the desert drive in.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 18, 2014 at 12:03 pm

You must mean the Desert Drive In, in Las Vegas. LVDI is way different. Some of the drive-ins they built had way smaller domes than others. The domes in Glendale and Scottsdale were much smaller, and the one in San Jose, though similar doesn’t seem like it was built with as many windows as Stadium appeared to have.

mtcamp on July 18, 2014 at 9:06 am

@ Scott. Just like the las Vegas drive in. It was a cookie cutter twin of the Stadium Drive-in snackbar/projection booth. Felt like I was in Orange Ca.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 17, 2014 at 5:20 pm

I know Syufy built most the drive-ins the same, but the building here looks I-DENT-I-CAL to the Sacramento 6. The Capitol 6 in San Jose doesn’t look as big as either Sac or Stadium.

waves92 on July 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm

For anyone living in the Orange area in the 70s/80s, this was a great place to go on a Friday or Saturday night, particularly in Summer. Wide selection of movies and awesome SoCal weather in the evenings. Everyone from families to teenagers on dates or with friends were there. OC was paradise back then. Great times!

kermitthefrog76 on July 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I remember my friends and I attending the last night. It was a double feature of the Shining and the Exorcist. Before the second feature they were giving away clear trashbags of popcorn just to get rid of the stuff!! Irritating yet spooky was the Exorcist film kept breaking…queue scary music!!

mtcamp on July 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

I started working at the Stadium drive-in 4 in 1975 picking trash from the lots. In 1980 I was running the projection booth after they got rid of the projectionist’s union. It was a glorious time for an 18 year old. Best memories of my life. It went from a 4 screen to a 5 screen to a 6 screen during my tenure. Met my wife of 30 years there. Thanks for the link!