Valley Drive-In

2126 North H Street,
Lompoc, CA 93436

850 cars

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Previously operated by: Metropolitan Theatres

Architects: J. Arthur Drielsma

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The Valley Drive-In was opened in August 1959. This drive-in is now closed. As of 2002, the property was being used as a recycling center.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Lavarus on November 6, 2009 at 12:32 am

I passed by this place in early December 2007. It looks like the place is intact. Is there any chance films could still be played there?

MagicLantern on February 9, 2010 at 1:38 am

Address should be 2126 North H Street.

Robert Allen
Robert Allen on November 16, 2010 at 8:47 pm

In the early 60s I worked there as a relief projectionist for the Santa Maria IA local. It had Simplex XL equipment at the time.

jwmovies on December 28, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Not just any recycling center…DRIVE-IN recycling center!

jbsyv on January 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I remember when my Dad built the Drive-In. Lompoc was in a boom time due to Vandenberg being the choice for the space program at the time. We spent many a good time there. I think we went for free since my Dad built it. Funny story: Back then, the river bank was lined with old cars. I guess that was sort of ok then to prevent erosion. There was a stand of eucalyptus trees behind the drive in. So, me and my best friend took the seat out of one of the cars and mounted it up in the eucs. We ran a wire for a speaker from the back row to our perch in the trees. Then we’d ride our bikes down there and watch the show. That is until we got busted! Those were the days……..

MichaelKilgore on June 11, 2021 at 5:50 pm

Same drive-in? Boxoffice, July 6, 1959: “Art Drielsma, architect, was in Lompoc supervising the early opening of the Lompoc Drive-In for Metropolitan Theatres.”

Yes, that was the Valley. “The Valley Drive-In Theatre was completed and opened in August 1959. The new drive-in theatre was built to accommodate 850 cars, with a 50 x 100 ft. CinemaScope Screen, an up-to-date lounge and snack bar and a playground for the children at a cost of $350,000. Wm. J. McDougall managed both the Drive-in theatre and the Lompoc theatre.” That’s from the Summer 1985 issue of the Lompoc Legacy (pdf), published by the Lompoc Valley Historical Society.

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