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Ventura County Drive-in Theatres
Southern California
101 Drive-in Theatre


101 Drive-in Theatre (Demolished)
Ventura, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The 101 Drive-in Theatre was a familiar sight and a frequent stop for locals as well as travelers passing up or down the 101 Freeway in Ventura.


UPDATE : For the past few years, the 101 Drive-in operated seasonally because the city would not allow "swap meet only" business on the property. Many thanks to drive-in sleuth Warren Meyers for update.

Screen tower
Ventura, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


UPDATE 09/01 : Well, like many of its fellow ozoners, the 101 Drive-in Theatre in Ventura was demolished sometime in early August, 2001. Many thanks to Jeff Babb for September update on the 101's fate. 09-01

See more photos and information at Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures feature on the 101 Drive-in Theatre.



Simi Valley Drive-in (Demolished)
Simi Valley, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Near the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley is the Simi Valley Drive-in. A swap meet in recent years, the Simi appears to be on shaky footing with new housing development all around. It would not be a surprise to see this drive-in disappear soon. The Simi Valley Drive-in Theatre stopped opening for movies the summer of 1997.




(Left) The Simi Drive-in screen tower and view of the parking lot and projection booth


UPDATE : The Simi Drive-in met its fate with a bulldozer in early 2001.






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