Del Mar Drive-In

514 Via De La Valle,
Del Mar, CA 92075

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Aerial Photo 1980 Del Mar Drive-In

The Del Mar Drive-In was opened in 1953 and closed in 1979.

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rivest266 on August 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm

1964 area of the drive-in

There was no drive shown on the photo, are you of its location?

LebowskiT1000 on July 10, 2012 at 12:06 am

Located on the corner of Valley Ave and Turfwood Lane in Del Mar (near Via de la Valle).

Valley Ave and Turfwood Lane

jwmovies on September 26, 2012 at 5:56 am

Above address is incorrect. Approx. address for this drive-in was 514 Via De La Valle, Solana Beach, Ca. The entrance was across the street from the racetrack.

restoman1 on July 13, 2014 at 4:50 am

I worked at the Del Mar Drive-In for a few years on and off in the mid 1970’s. I can’t remember everyone that was there at the time, but Herb Burton and his wife Dixie shared management duties. I do remember Nedra (sorry, but I’ve forgotten her last name) being one of the employees, along with myself. It was a great time. I remember spending a few back to back weekends painting the totem poles with Herb. I was also in charge of changing the marquee every Tuesday (or was it Wednesday) night, along with sitting at the ticket booth after the first movie and intermission had completed. For awhile I was also the lot boy (cleaning up the mess the next day). At the time I was going to college and working in a drive-in was the perfect job. Herb would let me study in the ticket booth after intermission. Herb and Dixie are no longer with us, but those are VERY fond memories for me. I’m glad I found this site.

Ed Bertrand

davidcoppock on October 19, 2018 at 2:07 pm

Opened in 1953 and closed in 1979. 700 cars. Located across from the Del Mar showgrounds. Demolished(date unknown?). Site now occupied by various businesses.

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