Frontier Drive-In

3645 Midway Drive,
San Diego, CA 92110

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Frontier Drive-In

Located on the southwest corner of Midway Drive and Kemper Street. The Frontier Drive-In was one of two drive-in theatres that existed on Midway Drive, the other being the Midway Drive-In. The Frontier Drive-In was opened on October 4, 1957 with Lex Barker in “War Drums” & John Dehner in “Revolt at Fort Laramie”. It was closed on October 17, 1985 with “Back to the Future”.

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Drive-In 54 on March 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Here is good history of the San Diego Drive-Ins but no pictures anymore on thiswebsite Hopefully somebody saved them here.

6_steevee_9 on July 14, 2016 at 9:34 pm

The Frontier drive-in theatre was originally one screen, adding the second screen, later. At the time it was trendy for drive-ins to add a 2nd screen, IF the lot was big enough; then having additional costs for the second projector and screen, as well as re-doing the entire lot, etc. In the long run, these added screens(some added a few more, space permitting) were a bit confusing, especially when it was a then, the policy& custom to run DOUBLE FEATURES-(—WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE?) However, the MIDWAY drive-in down the street, was San Diego’s FIRST DRIVE-IN THEATRE, and my favorite of the two.

dickneeds111 on November 8, 2017 at 11:01 pm

In 1962 I went to a Drive-In in San Diego with friends. We had to watch Elvis Presley in a thick fog. It was awful. I don’t know which drive in it was but it was just at the end of NAS Miramar’s runways.

davidcoppock on October 4, 2018 at 9:37 am

Opened on 4/10/1957 with “War drums”, and “Revolt at Fort Laramie” closed in 1985. Site is now Point Loma Plaza Shopping Center.

davidcoppock on October 4, 2018 at 12:11 pm

Closed on 17/10/1985. The closing movie on one of the screens was “Back to the future”. Other screen unknown?

Alexio2051 on December 22, 2021 at 10:27 pm

dickneeds111. Are you sure you went to the Tu-Vu in 1962. There never was a drive-in at the end of NAS Miramar’s runways. Maybe it was the fog’s amplification of the aircraft engines?

Jamey_monroe45 on August 3, 2023 at 8:31 pm

Now Point Loma Plaza @ 3645 Midway Dr, San Diego, CA 92110.

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