Village Drive-In

4213 Montgomery Drive,
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

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Previously operated by: Redwood Theatres Inc.

Architects: Gale Santocono

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Village Drive-In

The Village Drive-In was opened July 16, 1952 with Esther Williams in “Texas Carnival” & Walter Pidgeon in “The Sellout”. It was closed in 1986 and has since been demolished. It had a rather distinctive two-sided marquee. This must have been one of the larger drive-ins in the area as it held space for 750 cars.

The Village Drive-In was closed on March 6, 1982 with Burt Reynolds in “The Cannonball Run”, Bette Midler in “Jinxed” & Clint Eastwood in “Firefox”.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

MelissaPOM on October 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Summerfield road right across from Howarth Park (which was part of Spring Lake). Found it on Google. Tennis courts and parking lot are still there. Amazing. :–)

moviebear1 on January 2, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Opps … Uploaded Thumbnail by mistake have added the full sided Image.

jwmovies on December 30, 2012 at 7:42 am

Above address is incorrect. Approx. address for this drive-in was 4213 Montgomery Drive. Shadow Ln. was the entrance.

The Summerfield address above is where the Summerfield/Lakeview theatre (which opened before the drive-in closed) is located.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

jwmovies is correct. At this link you can see the drive-in outlined on the 1955 USGS map at Historic Aerials.

Because Google Maps isn’t fetching the right location for our page, here is a link to a corrected map. I used 4201 Shadow Lane to get Google to put an icon (a letter “A” in a circle rather than the usual pin icon) on top of the residential project that now occupies the site of the drive-in.

Here is Street View looking up Shadow Lane from Montgomery Drive, the former entrance to the drive-in.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm

The Historic Aerials link in my previous comment isn’t working. Try this one.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 31, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Neither of my links to Historic Aerials is working. Go to their hom page and paste this address into the Search field:

4201 Shadow Lane, Santa Rosa, CA

Then pick “T1955” from the column in the upper left corner of the aerial view the site fetches, and you get the 1955 map. Zoom in using the row of circles at the lower right corner of the map. Selecting the fifth or sixth circle from the left gives a good scale.

Zonyasmom on April 29, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I worked at the Village Drive In in 1955-56 as a cashier and met my husband of 57 years there. It was a great time!

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on March 25, 2017 at 4:06 am

Grand Opening was July 16, 1952

rivest266 on June 24, 2017 at 7:22 pm

better quality scan of the grand opening ad at

Found on

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on September 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Final night of operation was March 6, 1983 with “The Cannonball Run”, “Jinxed and "Firefox”. The screen was brought down that following Friday.

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