1633 Ximeno Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres
The Circle Drive-In was opened April 4, 1951 with Dennis Morgan in “Raton Pass” & Rod Cameron in “Stage to Tucson”. I can remember this very large drive-in, with its grand marquee at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Ximeno Avenue. It was a large part of the feel of the area, built in the post-WW II boom, many built in mid-century modern “Googie” style. The Circle Drive-In was closed on January 31, 1985 with Michael Sopkiw in “2019:After the Fall of New York” & Doug McLure in “Humanoids from the Deep”.
The Circle Drive-In was joined recently (May 2004) in the “lost” column by another local icon, the Java Lanes bowling alley, with it’s huge Polynesian “A”-frame roof. The Circle Drive-In was named for the (in)famous Alamitos traffic circle roundabout, down the street.
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