Studio Drive-In

5250 Sepulveda Boulevard,
Culver City, CA 90230

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres

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STUDIO DRIVE IN THEATRE in Culver City entrance

The Studio Drive-In opened August 26, 1948 with Jack Carson in “Romance on the High Seas” & Deanna Durbin in “Up in Central Park” and was independently operated. It had a capacity for 1,029-cars. It was taken over by Pacific Theatres in April 1952. Closed in 1993, it was demolished in September 1998.

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davidcoppock on October 19, 2018 at 4:40 am

Also called Heart of screenland. Site is now a Holiday Inn.

DavidZornig on November 19, 2018 at 7:47 am

Facebook link with KTLA news coverage of the 1998 demolition.

retroalli on March 17, 2019 at 9:04 pm

This theater is shown in the background of a couple of residential shots in Crime of Passion from 1957.

rivest266 on October 6, 2019 at 2:33 pm

Grand opening ad posted claiming that it was the largest drive-in in the west.

davidcoppock on November 16, 2021 at 11:25 pm

Opened on 27/8/1948 with “Romance on the high seas” and “Up in Central Park”.

davidcoppock on November 16, 2021 at 11:28 pm

Seen briefly in the tv series “Hart to Hart”(series 2, episode 5, ‘Tis the season to be murdered).

Randy A Carlisle
Randy A Carlisle on January 28, 2023 at 10:37 am

DID U KNOW?? ..>The song “Drive-In” was inspired by the group’s (Beach Boys) outings at the Studio Drive-In in Culver City, California.

Ron Pierce
Ron Pierce on January 29, 2023 at 10:08 am

Here’s a little fun. Photo is from a 1957 movie Crime Of Passion. This house can be found today at 11170 Fairbanks Way, Culver City. The neighborhood was built in 1949. The Studio Drive-in is probably farther away than it looks but it is still overpowering.

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on February 10, 2024 at 2:07 pm

Featured in the movie “La Bamba” where Ritchie (Lou Diamond Phillips) and Donna (Danielle von Zerneck) make out in his car while Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak engage in a passionate kiss on the screen in “Bell, Book and Candle”

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