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LAist Recommends: Pacific Vineland Drive-In

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Starting tomorrow, lots of folks are going to be rushing area theaters to check out the latest Quentin Tarantino+Robert Rodriguez splatterfest, Grindhouse. And yes, Los Angeles has definitely gone grindhouse crazy in general. But before running off to The Grove, consider a truly authentic alternative. We think the best way to see the Tarantino/Rodriguez homage to 1970s and 1980s schlock cinema is by heading to an equally entertaining relic of a bygone era; the drive-in movie theater.

One of the most enduring images of Southern California from the 1950s through the 1970s was the drive-in movie, and the state boasted more than 200 outdoor screens by the late 1960s. If LAist thinks hard enough, we can remember our first drive-in experience. We were eight years old, sitting in the back seat of a car driven by our older sister and her boyfriend, watching a double-feature of Van Nuys Blvd. and The Road Warrior. We laughed out loud when, in the latter flick, the Chaka-looking kid’s razor boomerang cut that guy’s fingers off.

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It’s still possible to take kids to totally inappropriate movies in the comfort of your car. Though only a handful of operating drive-ins exist in the Southland today, the nearest one also happens to be one of the most authentic you'll ever visit. In City of Industry, of all places, sits the Pacific Vineland Drive-In.