Tu-Vu Drive-In

5535 Kearny Villa Road,
San Diego, CA 92123

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Architects: Stanley Burne

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Tu-Vu Drive-In

Located in the Kearny Mesa district of San Diego. The Tu-Vu Drive-In was opened in 1958 with two screens and parking for 650 cars. It was next to the Orowheat bread thrift store. It was closed in 1978.

Today an industrial park occupies the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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DenOz on October 21, 2016 at 9:35 pm

Saw “Mysterious Island”, “The Birds”, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” there. 2 screens, even though the second one wasn’t used.

davidcoppock on March 11, 2018 at 5:19 am

Odd name!! Wht the name Tu-Vu?

davidcoppock on October 5, 2018 at 2:31 am

The drive-in also a swap meet.

Alexio2051 on December 22, 2021 at 1:16 pm

davidcoppock. “Two Views”, because it had two projection screens.

MichaelKilgore on December 22, 2021 at 3:05 pm

Aerial photos suggest that the Tu-Vu scaled back to keep only its west screen active by the late 1960s. Irregularities (weeds?) were starting to grow on the east ramps in 1966, and had taken over wide sections in 1972. Also, the 1970 topo map for the area outlined only the west field as “Drive-In Theater”.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 5, 2022 at 9:26 pm

The April 7, 1958 issue of Boxoffice said that the Tu-Vu Drive-In was designed by San Diego architect Stanley Burne.

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