Roadium Drive-In

2500 Redondo Beach Boulevard,
Torrance, CA 90504

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1964 photo courtesy of Kenneth McIntyre.

This was a run-of-the-mill drive in located in the North Torrance area towards Gardena, and a couple of blocks from El Camino College. It was opened in May 1949. In the 1960’s they began having swap meets and stopped showing movies completely in the 1980’s. The Roadium Open Air Market today is one of the largest of it’s type in California and has been a going concern for almost 40 years.

The marquee, screen tower and concession/projection booth buildings still stand and the concession area does a nice business. The speaker poles have been removed. In the late-1960’s-early-1970’s they ran primarily second run double bills and printed a weekly program flyer. In June 2019, movie screenings began again, but just on Friday evenings until the end of August.

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Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

tnavel on March 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm

when i used to go to the roadium there was a mini golf course there and just to the right was a sizzler restaurant. when i first went there there was a playground in front of the screen. 3 mins before the movie started they would dim the lights for a moment and we would all run to the dad had a spotlight and he would play tag with other spotlights on the screen

davidcoppock on July 31, 2017 at 12:00 am

Is it known what year movie screenings finished there?

driveinboi on January 9, 2018 at 3:28 pm

Referring to a previous comment from years ago, this could have been originally designed as a twin. I saw a matchbook cover online that describes this as a dual drive in theatre. I posted in the photo section…

dansdriveintheater on October 23, 2018 at 6:09 pm

the marquee screen and ramps still remain.

davidcoppock on October 24, 2018 at 2:59 am

Opened in 1950 and closed in(late 1980’s?). Is the missile(or rocket?) seen behind the screen in the above photo still there? Why the name Roadium?

dansdriveintheater on November 9, 2018 at 11:15 am

i don’t know why it was called roadium but that is a very interesting question.

dansdriveintheater on November 9, 2018 at 11:21 am

now roadium open air market!

davidcoppock on November 10, 2018 at 2:30 am

Is it near a military or NASA base, hence the missle(or rocket?) seen behind the screen in the above photo?

MichaelKilgore on June 9, 2019 at 5:12 pm

According to the Daily Breeze of El Segundo CA, the Roadium has reopened for Friday night movies now through the end of August. Does that mean its status here should change to Open?

Also, the DB notes that the Roadium first opened in May 1949 but stopped showing movies in the mid-1980s.

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