Simi Drive-In

361 Tierra Rejada Road,
Simi Valley, CA 93065

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Simi Drive-In

The Simi Drive-In was opened on August 7, 1963. If you lived in Simi Valley, you went to the drive-in at least once in your life. It was a lot of fun and I have a lot of fond memories especially as a kid. They used to hold swap meets on the weekend and did so for a while after they stopped showing movies in the early-1990’s.

They’ve since torn down the whole theatre and now it’s a housing tract, as far as I know there is no sign of the theatre left. (This is info I got from friends on the the land being housing since I haven’t lived in the town since 1999).

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DavidZornig on May 29, 2022 at 9:49 am

The original 361 Tierra Rejada Road address is correct, as that is what appears on the 1975 Simi Drive-In Theatre’s newspaper print ad below that I posted in 2020.

Kenmore on May 29, 2022 at 12:18 pm

DavidZornig, the addresses have changed on the street itself. You can see it when viewing Google Maps and Street View.

On Google Maps, 361 Tierra Rejada Road aligns with Stargaze Place. Which is one block west of where the drive-in sat. You can see the “400” address on the street sign.

Galway Lane, which aligns with the entrance to the old drive-in, is at “200” on the street sign.

The overhead Google Maps include the current addresses. “361” has moved one full block to the west. “209” is pretty much where the entrance road use to be.

So, the original address is no longer in effect for locating the drive-in because the town has changed the addresses. This is not all that unusual.

DavidZornig on May 29, 2022 at 12:44 pm

I understand fully. I am just one that believes that the original addresses of theatres should be used in the Overviews. And that any subsequent addresses or street name changes should be covered in the comments sections. Particularly when locating any remains of a demolished theatre is moot, as is the case in this one. As that is how it was when I joined CT 18 years ago. Maybe new addresses/street names could be in parenthesis as a solution.

Kenmore on May 29, 2022 at 1:09 pm

I understand that there are several different views of how addresses should be presented on the pages. It’s gone from center of the property to the entrance road and so forth.

I take the opposite view that the purpose of the address on CT is to locate where the property is today. And that original addresses should be in the comments or description. This is because addresses not only change, they are also removed so they cannot be found anymore. It does little good to post an address that is either inaccurate or non-existent in my view.

And for many it is not moot when looking to see what the property is today, even if there is no trace of the drive-in remaining. It allows people to see how the property has changed over time.

My suggested solution is simple. Post the current/accurate address at the top and put all pertinent historic information in the description, including old addresses. That avoids all confusion.

DavidZornig on May 29, 2022 at 1:48 pm

I agree with your suggestion. But only if street names and/or numbers have been changed. Not based on where Google street view shows something to have been. That belongs in the comments. The drawback of updating addresses based solely on Google street views, is that they are constantly in flux and updated. And thus could be wrong again in a short amount of time. Some will shift from 2009 to 2020 just by scrolling right or left. Those are indeed good for before and after comparisons. But changing an address based solely on a Google street view, and not an extant theatre building, or where one stood in between extant buildings, is a slippery slope. Particularly with former demolished drive-in sites. Also troubling is that Google street views have never been successfully linked to in comments on CT. It automatically alters them by adding unrelated theatres to the link in it’s text. So one would have to read the comments to find out where the closest point to start their street view search is anyway.

Kenmore on May 29, 2022 at 2:46 pm

DavidZornig, the street numbers have been changed. That’s what I said in my previous post. I can SEE the changes using Google Maps and Street Views on the houses/streets themselves.

Galway Lane, which is where the old entrance to the drive-in was, is located at 200 Tierra Rejada Road because it states that on the street sign itself.

So, based on the addresses of the streets and houses as seen through Google Maps and Street View, not because of them, the accurate address of the entrance road to the old drive-in is 209 Tierra Rejada Road.

I use 209 because that is a very minor shift that better aligns on Google Maps, but I would be happy with 200.

361 is too far away, a full block away from the entrance. So, 361 Tierra Rejada Road should not be used because there is a better, more accurate address.

Kenmore on May 29, 2022 at 2:52 pm

This is the street sign for Galway Lane. And Galway Lane is the same entrance as the old drive-in.

DavidZornig on May 29, 2022 at 3:06 pm

Understood. The Admins already changed it back to 361, so they will see this and change it accordingly as they see fit. I have actually made your same argument in the past. But it pertained to extant buildings whose address numbers and/or street names had changed. Only a few though where stretches of land had changed the previous numbering. But only a few got changed, with the rest remaining in the comments. Most that are that interested, will read all the comments through notifications, and be able to find it based on what you provided. Only new CT members to the page, would likely start at the address provided. Thank you for all the clarifications.

Kenmore on May 29, 2022 at 3:29 pm

I do not agree with your view that only new CT members will assume that the address listed under the name only refers to the original address and not the current one. After all, the maps on this site are set to take the viewer to the current address, so that is how the site is geared, but we will have to agree to disagree on that.

However, what the admin wants to do is up to the admin. All I can do is request a change and provide evidence to back that up. So with that in mind.

Kenmore on May 29, 2022 at 3:32 pm

A closer address is 209 Tierra Rejada Rd, Simi Valley, CA.

As per the discussion, the actual street addresses of the area have changed. The original address listed is now nearly two full blocks away from where the drive-in actually stood.

Galway Lane lines up with the old drive-in entrance as shown on the overhead map and with the Street sign that can be seen in a previous post.

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