Drive-in movie theaters may have been a fad in the 1950s, but they still exist today. You can bring your own food, talk as much as you want, and pay less than you do at a regular movie theater—without ever having to get out of your car.


Vineland Drive-In Movie Theater
443 N. Vineland Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91746
(626) 961-9262

Located in the City of Industry, this classic drive-in movie theater is open seven days a week and has very up-to-date movies. Priced at $8.50 for adults and $2.00 for children, the admission is cheaper than regular theaters and on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays, you can watch two movies for the same price. Anticipate a long line, but it’s not that hard to find a good parking spot. The sound is broadcasted via FM radio and if you don’t like the movie you are watching, you can drive over to the other one. The theater is understaffed, but as long as you arrive early, you can avoid being stuck in the back. The movie options are amazing and it’s open everyday. The site can hold up to 1,500 cars and is one of the few remaining drive-ins in Los Angeles.


Devil’s Night Drive-In
240 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

This drive-in theater is located on a parking structure in downtown Los Angeles. Equipped with Astro Turf and car hops who take food orders. Devil’s Night has showings roughly twice a month. The movie choices are very limited and the movie is projected on a inflatable screen, but the view is spectacular. Tickets are $10 a pop pre-sale and $12 at the door. The drive in conveniently arranges cars based on size. There is a great food selection, but the location can be overcrowded.


Van Buren Drive-In Theater
3035 Van Buren Blvd
Riverside, CA 92503
(951) 688-2360

Located in Riverside, Van Buren Drive-In Theater offers $7 admission for adults and children ages 5 through 9 get in for $1. The theater offers current movies and has great Mexican food at their snack bar. Bring your wallet because the theater only takes cash. Try to hit up this Van Buren during the weekdays, because it tends to be insanely crowded on weekends.


West Wind Santa Barbara Drive-In
907 S Kellogg Ave
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 964-9050

Admission is $6.95 for adults and $1 for kids. The theater offers double features every night. Tuesdays are Family Fun Nights when the general admission is only $4.95. This theater is located near the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport.


Mission Tiki Drive-In Theater
10798 Ramona Ave
Montclair, CA 91763
(909) 628-0511

Mission Tiki has a large selection of newly-released movies. Based in Montclair, this drive-in theater offers double features and a great snack bar stocked with candy, beverages and Mexican food. Watch movies from inside your car or if you own an SUV, pull in backwards and pop open your hatch or tail gate.

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Comments (15)
  1. Vannessa says:

    Most people that go to drive-ins are not there to watch movies but rather have sex in their cars. A friend of mine us to work at the Vineland…and all the owners care about is charging for each car that goes in…they do not care if couples have sex from the moment they park to the moment the movie ends…and since their on private property the only time the police show up is when they get a “shots fired” call. In other words, if a couple doesn’t want to pay for a motel room to have sex why park in a public place and risk a cop passing by and them getting cited when one can pay a small fee and have sex on private property 🙂 And yes, I’m one of those girls who have had sex A LOT at drive-ins…before the movie even started…all one needs is a 4 door car with tinted windows

    1. Larz says:

      Don’t even need 4 doors, Lol!

    2. Tiny says:

      Vanessa is right. I went there and never again as at least 1/2 the people in the cars were having sex. I don’t want my children exposed to this. Anyways I heard the vineland is closing at the end of 2011 and the rest are not far behind.

      1. Mr. Sunshine says:

        Does your aversion to sex have to do w/ your screen name….”Tiny”…hmmmm???

  2. MJ'sDoctor says:

    So…Vannessa?. Want to see a movie w/ me sometime???

  3. moreno says:

    hell yeah i go to have sex

  4. MORENO says:


  5. jonah says:

    you get registered as a sex offender for that these days

  6. dave says:

    hey vannessa. forget these fools!!!!! i can get you & me in there any night of the week free!!!! im @ get with me