Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Santee Drive-In Theatre

Today is the Daily Photo theme day for "something that is about to disappear soon". Well, I don't know if the Santee Drive-In Theatre is about to disappear soon, but generally drive-in theatres are not as common as they used to be. From what I read, in the late 1960's California had the most drive-in theatres in the US, with over 200 around the state. Now there are a little more than 100. There are 3 remaining in the San Diego area - this one in Santee, the Harbor Drive-in, and the South Bay Drive-in. Some of you old folks may remember the Aero, Campus, Escondido, Frontier Twin, Midway, Pacific, or Valley. Visit other cities around the world to see "something that is about to disappear soon".
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Anonymous John - Melbourne said...

I love a good drive-in cinema. We still have one in our city and one further away about 100mins away from the city. Sitting in the back on a warn night with popcorn.. great experience for the kids. Must make sure I go over Christmas! Thanks.

Tue Oct 31, 05:02:00 PM PST  
Anonymous jazzy said...

drive-in cinemas always looked cool in the movies, i've never been in on myself but definitely it's sad to hear they're rarity now.

Tue Oct 31, 05:42:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

la disparation des drive-in cinemas, ca representait tellement une partie de l'amerique quand j'etais petit. dommage que cela disparaisse.

the disparation of the drives-in cinemas, that represented part of America so much when I was small. it's a pity that disappears.

Tue Oct 31, 08:05:00 PM PST  
Blogger Kate said...

They were a lot of fun. Oh, I could tell you stories!!

Tue Oct 31, 09:50:00 PM PST  
Blogger Sally said...

Used to love going to the drive-in. Still a couple in Sydney; I should try to take my son so he experiences it once in his life!

Tue Oct 31, 10:17:00 PM PST  
Blogger Vancouver Daily Photo said...

So many happy memories. All our drive-in theatres have gone.

Tue Oct 31, 10:43:00 PM PST  
Blogger Eric said...

PLEASE DON'T LET THEM!!! This is such a piece of modern history and it's great that you captured it for us.

Tue Oct 31, 11:34:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bill said...

They tend to hold on where land is relatively cheap such as Delta, so it is surprising to see the San Diego still has 3! Hopefully they will continue to thrive. Nice post.

Wed Nov 01, 04:22:00 AM PST  
Blogger Marie McC said...

Well, that really takes me back! You're so right, real estate is getting so expensive that drive-ins won't be around much longer. Nice that they use it as a flea market during the day!

Wed Nov 01, 05:01:00 AM PST  
Blogger Kim said...

Ah, here's to playing in the drive-in's playground in your jammies, trudging to the snack bar, and fixing that clip on speaker to the window and rolling it up. Or looking through the swap meet items all morning. . .Ah, culture!

Wed Nov 01, 10:43:00 AM PST  
Blogger kaa said...

hope the drive in dosent go. wish there was one around here. good choice for the theme day, something unique and different (at least for me)

Wed Nov 01, 12:39:00 PM PST  
Blogger Randy said...

Wow I haven't seen one of these for years. We have a drive-in that has 11 screens but the signage is so modern. Great shot!

Wed Nov 01, 01:17:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a great bit of history and a wonderful photo!

Wed Nov 01, 01:46:00 PM PST  
Blogger Lisi said...

I remember going to SD swap meet years ago and shopped like crazy ;p...but I'm not sure whether it is the same one you show...

Thu Nov 02, 04:07:00 AM PST  
Blogger Kala said...

all of ours are gone! Sad because when I was a kid I thought it was the funnest way to watch a movie and play at the same time

Sun Nov 05, 02:36:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This drive-in is on the property of my grandparent's dairy ranch. They lived there until the '50's. My father is the only surviving member of that generation. I grew up in San Diego, but usually went to the Alvarado Drive-In, or the College Drive In. I do think I went to the swap meet there once.

Haven't lived in SD since 1994...wonder if it is still there now (2007)?

Sun Jul 08, 05:30:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Talon_Tx said...

let me guess, Rocky Home Dairy? I grew up in Santee from 57-76 and have fond memories of the Santee Drive-in along with the others in the area (Ace, Campus, Arrow, etc)

Wed Feb 25, 02:51:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Kevin said...

Talon, I grew up in San Diego too, in the early sixties. My Dad was a milkman at Rocky Home Dairy, are they still around? used to share a bottle right out of the cooler with him on his saturday morning route, would love to find an old bottle for memory sake

Tue May 26, 11:33:00 AM PDT  

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