Midway Drive-In

3920 West Point Loma Boulevard,
San Diego, CA 92110

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Located to the northwest of the intersection of Sports Arena Boulevard and West Point Loma Boulevard (as it is known now). At the time, these streets were likely named differently. The Midway Drive-In was opened in late-1947 with John Garfield in “Body and Soul”. It was operated by Midway Entertainment Inc. It was closed on September 6, 1980 with “That’s Entertainment”.

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Drive-In 54 on March 6, 2013 at 4:43 am

Here is good history of the San Diego Drive-Ins but no pictures anymore on this website

Hopefully somebody saved them here!!

rokcomx on November 3, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Here’s the same article, this time with photos intact. http://sandiegodriveinhistory.blogspot.com/

davidcoppock on October 4, 2018 at 2:08 am

Opened in 1947 with “Body and soul”. Swap meet started on site in 1980. Drive-in closed in 1980. Site is now Midway Towne Center.

davidcoppock on October 4, 2018 at 2:53 am

Opened in February 1947. Closed on 6th September 1980 with “Thats Entertainment”.

MichaelKilgore on April 19, 2023 at 8:30 pm

Thanks to HistoricAerials, I know that in 1953, there was only one drive-in near the intersection of current-day West Point Loma Boulevard and Midway Boulevard. By 1964, there were two.

Boxoffice mentioned San Diego’s Midway as early as 1948. The Theatre Catalog had it in its 1952 edition: “Midway D. I., 3901 Midway Dr. Exec: Midway Entr. Inc., 4025 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hollywood. (535)”

Therefore, the Midway was not the larger drive-in a block southeast of the intersection; it was the drive-in immediately northwest. The modern-day address of the Denny’s that sits where the screen had been is 3920 West Dr.

Jamey_monroe45 on August 16, 2023 at 12:18 pm

Now Midway Town Center.

The screen is now Denny’s.

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