Van Nuys Drive-In
15040 Roscoe Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres
Firms: Balch & Bryan
The Van Nuys Drive-In was one of many Pacific drive-ins that had murals on their screen towers. The Van Nuys Drive-In opened on July 30, 1948 with Joel McCrea in “Buffalo Bill” & Annabella in “Wings of the Morning”. It parked 891 cars. It lost its mural and original screen tower when it became a tri-plex drive-in on June 24, 1983.
During its last year, it was the last drive-In located in the valley area of Los Angeles. As Pacific Theatres closed the theater on September 2, 1996, its marquee said “closed for the season”. That next season never came.
The Van Nuys Drive-In sat empty for a few years and was being used to store cars from a nearby dealership. It was demolished in the late-1990’s.
As of October 2002, the Vineland Drive-In, Pacific’s last drive-in theater, is the closest ozoner to the valley and Los Angeles proper following the closures of the Azusa Drive-In and 101 Drive-In.
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