1983 Was the Last Year You Could Watch Drive-In Movies in the Conejo Valley

The Thousand Oaks Drive-In, located at the current site of the Kohl's Department Store in Newbury Park at 1960 Newbury Road, was closed in 1983. This picture, courtesy of the Thousand Oaks Library Special Collections, was taken by local photographer Scott Harrison on October 11, 1983, shortly after the Drive-In was closed that year.

Thousand Oaks Library Special Collections, News Chronical Collection. Photo by Scott Harrison.

Thousand Oaks Library Special Collections, News Chronical Collection. Photo by Scott Harrison.

According to an August 4, 1997 Ventura Count Star article, the Thousand Oaks Drive-In opened the first week of August 1967.  Seeing this picture certainly brings back childhood memories for me. There are over 150 other movie screens in the Conejo Valley and Ventura County today, but nothing compares to watching a movie while sitting in the comfort (arguably) of your own car!

As you can tell from the sign in the picture, the last two films shown at the Drive-In were "Risky Business" and "Private School." The theater was torn down and eventually Kohl's was opened in March 2004.

Now for something really interesting, kinda sorta. The four longest duration businesses still open at this location are Kohl's, Pickles, Sharky's and Starbucks. Note that ALL four of these names can be spelled with the letters of those 2 final drive-in movies!! The 2 businesses there that have closed...Quiznos and Exotic Sushi...cannot be spelled with those letters! Could this be the Thousand Oaks Drive-In's lasting connection to that location!!??