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A year-by-year, film-by-film history of 70-millimeter wide gauge exhibition in Orange County, California


 Compiled by Michael Coate and William Kallay



70mm Equipped Theatre Pictures

Fountain Valley Drive-In


Theatre Specifications
Chain: Pacific
Opened: July 12, 1967
Closed: N/A — Demolished


One of the biggest surprises we found during our research on this project was finding a 70mm-equipped drive-in located in Fountain Valley on Brookhurst Avenue.  Pacific Theatres, a major Southern California chain, opened the Fountain Valley Drive-In during the late-1960s.  The chain apparently spared no expense on this location, as moviegoers drove past a water fountain feature while entering the theatre grounds, which covered 20-acres.  The screen was large and curved [90ft. x 140 ft.], and according to Independent Film Journal (3-30-68), the drive-in was “equipped to show all [film] sizes 35mm to Cinerama.”  [Source:].  The snack bar covered 20,000 square-feet of space, while the projection booth had Simplex 35/70mm projectors.


However, there is no record, thus far in our research, of any 70mm engagements at this theatre.  The drive-in has been demolished.




Fountain Valley Drive-In opened on July 12, 1967 [Enlarge]


Your eyes aren't deceiving you...this is an actual copy of a photo of the drive-in grand opening week


The curvaceous snack bar


Efficient service lines and "relish" centers in the back of the picture


The drive-in could hold 2000 cars


Nice fountain feature at the entrance

[1] Anaheim Bulletin / Pacific Theatres
[2] Boxoffice -- August 16, 1967
[3] Motion Picture Herald--July 17, 1968



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