San Val Drive-In
2720 Winona Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres
Architects: Clifford A. Balch
Styles: Streamline Moderne
The San Val Drive-In was the second drive-in theatre to open in California, after the Drive-In Theatre on Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles. It opened on June 19, 1938 with “Who Killed Gale Foster”. It was operated by Seth D. Perkins. It originally had a capacity for 590 cars. It was closed in February 1939 when it suffered dame from a windstorm. It was reopened in late-March 1939. The San Val Drive-In was forever immortalized in the James Cagney classic “White Heat” when a scene in the movie was filmed on the site.
Operated by the Pacific Theatres chain, the San Val Drive-In closed in the mid-1970’s and the site is now the home of several production and effect houses.
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