Stadium 8 Drive-In

1501 W. Katella Avenue,
Orange, CA 92867

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Previously operated by: Century Theatres, Syufy Enterprises

Previous Names: Stadium Drive-In's 1-2-3-4

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Stadium 8 Drive-In Snack Bar

When the Stadium Drive-In 1-2-3-4, Orange County’s last-built drive-in, opened on May 27, 1970 it was billed as “The only four-screen drive-in in the entire West”. The circular snack bar, with a centralized projection booth on top, projected to all four screens.

During the 1980’s Syufy Enterprises (now Century Theatres) would add four more screens to the venue changing its already 2,600-car capacity to an indeterminate number.

For its last night of operation on September 12, 1996 admission was reduced to 1970 prices of $2.25 per person for a feast of 1970’s films such as “The Exorcist” and “Saturday Night Fever”, along with two from its opening night, “MASH” and “Easy Rider”.

Its closing left Orange County which once had drive-ins at 11 locations with only one ozoner, the Highway 39 Drive-In, which would later close in March of 1997.

Century Theatres was quick to rebuild, because in November of 1997 they opened a 25-screen indoor stadium on the site.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

waves92 on July 17, 2014 at 5:45 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!

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 17, 2014 at 8:20 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.

mtcamp on July 18, 2014 at 12:06 pm

@ 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 18, 2014 at 3:03 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 3:36 pm

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

rivest266 on November 8, 2019 at 5:36 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

davidcoppock on November 9, 2019 at 1:17 am

Opened on screen 1 with “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “The prime of Miss Jean Brodie” and screen 2 with “The Love Bug” and “Darby O'Gill and the little people” and screen 3 with “Easy rider” and Last Summer" and screen 4 with “Mash” and “I love you, Alice B. Toklas”.

driveinlover on May 4, 2021 at 10:45 pm

Saw Twister here with the wife and son. It was turned into a walk in complex after that

jwmovies on June 24, 2022 at 2:15 pm

Drive in with dome snack bars include Sacramento 6, Tucson 5, Scottsdale 6, Glendale 9, Vallejo Auto Movies 3, Solano Twin Concord, Coliseum 4 Oakland, Union City 6 ( screens 5 & 6 only), Burlingame 4, Sunnyvale Twin, Winchester 6 Campbell, Capitol 6 San Jose, Santa Barbara Twin Goleta, Desert 5 Las Vegas, South Bay 6 Carson, Stadium 8 Orange. Only Sac, Col, Solano, Cap and Santa Barbara domes exist. FYI.

Fanofcomedy on September 29, 2023 at 3:22 am

Saturday July 2nd 1988 My dad took me & brother to see Who Framed Roger Rabbit at this theater. We had a great time Sunday Janurary 1st 1989 the same 3 of us went to see Oliver & Company. Also had a great time. Fun Fact about the night we saw O & C, On the left hand side from where we were at: Another screen was showing Hellbound Hellraiser 2. I would look briefly in that direction but not to the point that my dad would catch me. I stayed focus on O & C.

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