Los Altos Drive-In

2800 N. Bellflower Boulevard,
Long Beach, CA 90815

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Opened by Pacific Theatre in June 1955. The Los Altos Drive-In was originally a single screen theatre with a capacity for 2,100 cars.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 14, 2006 at 4:31 am

Listed as a Pacific Drive-In triplex in the L.A. Times Calendar section, Sunday August 24, 1986.

Manwithnoname on December 15, 2006 at 10:17 am

I was going by the opening date listed above when I said it tri-plexed soon after opening. After posting I remembered seeing “Godzilla’s Revenge” (1969) in pouring rain and “Twins of Evil” (1971) here so it was obviously open before 1972.

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.

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