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101 Drive-in Theatre
Ventura, CA
Ventura County Drive-ins | 101 Drive-in Theatre | So CA Drive-ins


The 101 Drive-in Theatre was a Ventura County favorite open air theatre for decades. Located right off of the 101 Freeway, the appropriately named 101 Drive-in became Ventura County's last operating outdoor theatre when the Simi Valley Drive-in did not open in the Summer of 1997.

The 101 Drive-in marquee advertising the swap meet
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


The 101 screen tower
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The 101 Drive-in was also run as a swap meet in its later years, much like most of the ozoners that remain today. The marquee at the left shows that the swap meet business was open every weekend.





A close-up of one of the ticket booths
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Unfortunately, like many of the drive-ins that eventually closed in the last couple of decades, the 101 Drive-in was unable to compete with the indoor theatre multiplexes with stadium seating and the convenience of home theater systems. It also didn't hurt that the drive-in was sitting on prime real estate near a major freeway.

The entrance to the ticket booths
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


The 101 Drive-in made it to the millennium but not much past it. This drive-in movie theatre was demolished in early August, 2001. Ventura County drive-in theatres are all now just a memory.




101 Drive-in Screen Tower
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The projection booth
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The snack bar
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