A Vu to a Thrill

Yippee! The drive-in theater has returned to Orange County! That’s right folks, head on down to the Orange County Fairgrounds and take in an outdoor flick. It’s called the Star-Vu and it’s open 7 days a week year-round. It features first-run movies projected onto a 65′ by 35′ inflatable screen. You read that right, I said “inflatable”.

The Vu has a capacity of about 300 cars and a concessions stand where you can purchase the usual goodies. Admission is on a per person basis. General admission is $8.50, children 5 – 12 are $5.00 and children 4 and under are free. Tickets are available online at the Star-Vu’s web site.

Speaking of their web site, they have a pretty extensive FAQ outlining basic drive-in etiquette. After all, many folks have never been to a drive-in movie in this day and age. One rule that sticks out is “No outside food or beverages allowed on the premises”, but I’m not sure how they would enforce that particular edict.

There is a nice article in the OC Weekly about the new venue and they even give a helpful tip at the bottom of the piece: “Don’t use MapQuest to locate the official address… you won’t find the theater. Just take the 55 south and exit at the fairgrounds.” For the record, the official address is 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. The Drive-in Entrance is Gate 2/Vanguard Gate.

I’ll be heading down to check it out next week. Has any one been? Feel free to share your experiences. Was it as busy as the articles say? Was it fun? Was it worth the trip?

4 Comments so far

  1. DanGarion (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

    Let me get this straight. It’s county owned, so it’s owned by the public. You are in your car, so it’s owned by you…. But, you aren’t supposed to bring your own stuff to drink and eat in your own car… Yeah… right…


  2. Jon (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

    Is it county owned? I was unsure… if so that makes it even more lame.


  3. DanGarion (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

    The County Fairgrounds are owned by the county, unless some strange deal allowed them to sell it when they went bankrupt.


  4. Jon (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

    I just assumed the drive-in was leasing the space.



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