Fountain Valley Drive-In

18141 Brookhurst Avenue,
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres

Architects: Don Griffin

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Fountain Valley Drive-In exterior

The Fountain Valley Drive-In was opened on July 12, 1967 with Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” & Debbie Watson in “Tammie and the Millionaire”. I recall riding past this drive-in’s huge screen many times in my youth, but I’m not sure if I ever saw a movie there (if I did, I don’t recall). However, I do recall passing it once as my mother drove north on Brookhurst Boulevard one night in summer 1980, and as we passed over the 405 Freeway on Brookhurst I could VERY clearly see that <em>The Empire Strikes Back</em> was playing, and I could even make out which scene it was (Luke blowing up the AT-AT walker); this was from at least half a mile away! That’s how big the screen was!

It was closed in October 1984 and later demolished. The land it occupied had apparently increased in value and so shopping centers, restaurants, and homes now occupy the land it once was on (originally all farmland). By 2018 the Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and houses stand on the site.

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moviebluedog on January 6, 2006 at 6:10 pm

This drive-in was equipped for 70mm projection.

sduhler on June 16, 2007 at 7:00 pm

Yeah, Fountain Valley Drive-in had a BIG screen. I lived a mile away on Elm Street in Talbert Village, and I’d climb the big elm tree in our front yard and watch the movie, perched in the branches. No sound and pretty uncomfortable, but impressive nonetheless. The night it opened they had a big broohaha – the world premiere of John Wayne’s ‘The War Wagon’ – and the PR buzz was that “An Oscar-winning actor” would be there for the festivities. Imagine everyone’s disappointment when it turned out to be Ed Begley, Sr.! On the other hand, a lot of guys appreciated the appearance of a young up-and-coming starlet named Raquel Welch.

shoeshoe14 on September 8, 2008 at 8:51 am

Was mentioned in the documentary “Drive-In Movie Memories” in 2001.

nancynurse on May 23, 2009 at 8:28 am

I have lived in FV since 1977 and remember going to see St. Pepper with my husband and infant daughter at this drive-in. I now work as a nurse at Orange Coast Memorial hospital that is sitting on the site of the drive-in.

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Mike Rogers on April 18, 2010 at 11:52 am

I know it would impossible to have a top ten DRIVE-INS,but if it were THE FOUNTAIN VALLEY would have to place somewhere in those numbers.

Richie_T on July 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Saw Star Wars there for the first time… after the show the old man drove off with the massive speaker box still attached to the window of the family Ford Granada… good times.

davidcoppock on October 5, 2018 at 7:33 am

Opened on 12/7/1967 with “Snow White and the seven dwarfs” and “Tammy and the millionaire”. Site is now Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and houses.

driveinlover on February 19, 2021 at 7:09 pm

Saw Star Wars A New Hope there the summer of 1977

samwisefan on August 23, 2021 at 12:36 am

My very first moviegoing experiences were at this drive-in. My parents would take the entire family there in our green station wagon. My mom would make a giant vat of “M&M popcorn” (which is exactly what you think it is) and a massive thermos filled with “Suicide” (which was her name for some sort of Kool-Aid/7-UP type of mixed drink). We’d always get there early so my siblings & I could play in the playground that was beneath the giant movie screen. I always loved going to the snack bar even if we didn’t buy anything. Aside from STAR WARS, the only movie that I have a specific memory of seeing there is BRAINSTORM. I remember that being the first time I realized movies could be filmed in different aspect ratios (as the film itself is shown in two different aspect ratios). I remember thinking to myself, “Why isn’t the movie using the entire screen?” Until, of course, the first virtual reality sequence appeared and the film suddenly used the entire screen.

Jamey_monroe45 on August 2, 2023 at 5:47 pm

Now MemorialCare medical center @ 18141 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708. Tnis points directly to the entrance.

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