Los Altos Drive-In

2800 N. Bellflower Boulevard,
Long Beach, CA 90815

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Los Altos Drive-In

Opened by Pacific Theatres on June 3, 1955 with Dale Robertson in “Son of Sinbad” & Randolph Scott in “Rage at Dawn”. The Los Altos Drive-In was originally a single screen theatre with a capacity for 2,100 cars. It was closed as a three screen theatre in 1996. It has since been demolished an a K-Mart has been built on the site.

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Neurosturgeon on July 23, 2007 at 3:17 pm

I went to this drive-in frequently during the sixties, but only once after it was tri-plexed in the 70’s, where a friend and I took a Japanese visitor who wished to see an American drive-in to see “That’s Entertainment.”

Big problems started for the Los Altos when Cal Worthington Ford had bright lights to show off their cars, and it dimmed the picture quality.

fordking on August 18, 2007 at 3:27 pm

I used to frequent the Drive-in (almost everynight, we used to sneak in the exit, covering the spikes using phone books or carpet from Carpeteria across the street. Now I work for Cal Worthington Ford
(when the drive-in was demolished in 1998 they built us a brand-new dealership, opened in 1999) right now on the property is; CAL WORTHINGTON FORD, CHAMPION CHEVROLET (formerly Beach City Chevrolet), LOWES, K-MART, KFC & DENNYS
among others

kencmcintyre on August 26, 2007 at 1:28 pm

Here is a 1959 ad from the Press-Telegram:

shoeshoe14 on September 8, 2008 at 8:52 am

Was mentioned in the documentary “Drive-In Movie Memories” in 2001.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on September 2, 2009 at 11:23 am

Went here once to see “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Jurassic Park” in the summer of 1993…and didn’t make it through the double feature due to a brisk and passionate makeout session. Aaaah…


rivest266 on August 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

June 3rd, 1955 grand opening ad uploaded here

zekemoto on July 27, 2013 at 10:36 am

I went here with my wife alot in the mid 70’s. We were there on 17Dec76 when the S.S. Sansinena blew up in Long Beach harbor the shock wave rocked our VW bug back and forth.Last movie I remember seeing there was the Bo Derek Tarzan remake.

mamat5kdz on October 3, 2014 at 6:38 am

I went here as a kid. Grew up on Fairbrook street basically….memories getting blurred tho between this and The Circle Drive in…good grief…I was Just watching an episode of Ace of Cake and it was about the original Star Wars….which started me thinkin as to where I saw that..myself, my mom and my little sister did but it came out May 77' which throws me because in the end of 76' after my first semester of 9th grade we moved to Sacramento area….over christmas break…it doesnt compute!!! LolI remember Oscars ( for pattymelts n shakes) , The christmas tree place that my gramma always got her trees flocked near by, I remember a wierd little beach called The Lagoon, of couse A n W, Big Boy ( my daughter has worked for big boy for 11years ironically), sees candy, woolworths, tastee freeze, McKinney shoes, Disco fair, Sav on drugs, sterns park…I had the best kite in the neighbor hood as my biological father worked for McDonnell Douglas…lol

davidcoppock on October 2, 2018 at 8:59 pm

Opened with “Son of Sinbad” and “Rage at dawn”.

davidcoppock on October 2, 2018 at 9:02 pm

Closed in 1996. Site is now a K-mart.

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