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Toward the end of the 1960’s, California had over 220 Drive-in theatres. Though most are long gone, there are still about 20 in operation throughout the state, this one in Oceanside closing in 1999. The neon sign is from another San Diego Drive-in, demolished in 1983, though the fabulous sign was saved and later reinstalled elsewhere in town.

Valley Drive-in photographed March 4, 2010. All other resources are also my own.

Featured in The Woman Photographer March, 2010.
Featured in OUTSIDE THE BOX! March, 2010.
Featured in Anything Theatrical March 2010.
Thank you very much!

Thanks for visiting… :)


  • TextureoftheSin
    TextureoftheSinalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely nostalgia!

  • Thanks TotS! I love seeing these old theatres still around, even if some of them only hold swap meets now, LOL

    – deepbluwater

  • Alf Caruana
    Alf Caruanaalmost 5 years ago

    love the way this composition comes together, very nostalgic

  • Thank you Alf, it was kind of surreal walking around that place and I hoped to impart some of that feeling in the image.
    It’s so great to see you too! thanks very much for coming by…

    – deepbluwater

  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaalmost 5 years ago

    this makes me smile no end…. adore what you have created here, wonderful thought and execution… the feel is perfect… totally love this!

  • hey, I love that you are smiling! :))) made me smile too while shooting the place as I’ve been wanting to do so for years :) -had to park in a ‘no parking, tow away’ zone, LOL. I’m so happy you like what I came up with as there are many great shots of all 4 screens. Thanks very much Paul, for your great words!! I so love your comments… :))

    – deepbluwater

  • Jenny Ryan
    Jenny Ryanalmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you so very much Jen!!!! I so appreciate the feature…
    -wonderful!! :))

    – deepbluwater

  • RicAlexander
    RicAlexanderalmost 5 years ago


  • Thank you very much Ric! I really enjoyed shooting and putting this image together…

    – deepbluwater

  • Gary Gurr
    Gary Gurralmost 5 years ago

    Super image.

  • Thank you very much Gary! & it’s great to meet you! :))

    – deepbluwater

  • martaO
    martaOalmost 5 years ago

    what an original composition, looks ver interesting, love also tones!

  • Thank you so much Marta! I appreciate you mentioning the composition as I enjoyed reaching for something different here…

    – deepbluwater

  • RavenSoul
    RavenSoulalmost 5 years ago

    How wonderful!!

  • Thank you so much Vonne! what a place, -loved photographing it!!

    – deepbluwater

  • David  Howarth
    David Howarthalmost 5 years ago

    WOW WOW and Wow! Stunning work!

  • HUGE thanks to you David!!!! you are so enthusiastic & supportive and I appreciate it sooo much!!
    and the feature… WoW!!! Huge thanks again!! :))

    – deepbluwater

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 5 years ago

    A wonderful blast from the past!

  • What fun it was to shoot this place! great to see you Mel, -and thanks!

    – deepbluwater

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