Centinela Drive-In

5700 W. Centinela Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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Daria on May 2, 2004 at 10:34 pm

Strange but true: I have pieces of the pavement from the Centinela Drive In in my garden! Back in the late 1980s and ‘90s, I had developed a habit of taking pictures of the various drive in lots and marquees before they were demolished. My brother and I ran out one day to get pics of the Centinela, fearing that it wouldn’t last much longer. When we arrived, there were tractors parked in the lot and parts of the pavement had been ripped into small segments. We loaded a bunch of pieces into the back of my car, and to this day they line parts of my backyard garden. Like its sister theater down the street (The Studio Drive In), this one is really missed!

William on February 11, 2004 at 2:17 pm

The Centinela Drive-In was located at 5700 Centinela Ave. and it had a car capacity of 1025 cars.

William on October 9, 2003 at 9:38 am

At one point the MTA was going to use the property as a bus equipment lot in the area.

JasonBalch on October 9, 2003 at 6:41 am

The Centinela, operated by Pacific Theatres, closed in 1993 and sat vacant for several years. It was used for a location shoot in the 1995 film “Heat”, and was unceremoniously demolished in 1998. The former site is now home to an apartment complex. Nothing remains of this Drive-in.

JasonBalch on February 7, 2003 at 1:39 pm

This Drive-in was closed in 1993 and demolished in 1999. The former site is now home to apartments. The Centinela was a location for many firms, including “Heat” with Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino.

Donald John Long
Donald John Long on November 18, 2002 at 6:11 pm

This was a Pacific Theater and I clearly recall the drive-in employees in their white coats with flashlights walking around while the films were running. Some of the classic sci-fi movies my family would go to see there were “Target Earth” (1954), “Creature With the Atom Brain” (1955), and one of my all-time favorite sci-fi movies, “THIS ISLAND EARTH” (1955) which was particularly memorable because it was a big-budget studio film in Technicolor and the effect of seeing this movie on a warm starry summer night was really awesome, while watching the flying saucer speed through stars in space up on the giant movie screen. This was a first-class family drive-in during the 1950s. “Let’s go to the snack bar!”