Los Altos Drive-In

2800 N. Bellflower Boulevard,
Long Beach, CA 90815

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zekemoto
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.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

June 3rd, 1955 grand opening ad uploaded here

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…

:o)

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 8, 2008 at 8:52 am

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 26, 2007 at 1:28 pm

Here is a 1959 ad from the Press-Telegram:
http://tinyurl.com/2hhzgg

fordking
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

Neurosturgeon
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.

Manwithnoname
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.

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2006 at 11:37 am

If your wondering what is located on the site (or part of the site) of this former drive-in, here is the answer:

“Lowe’s Opens in Long Beach, Calif.

COPYRIGHT 2000 Press-Telegram

Oct. 17—LONG BEACH, Calif.—A Lowe’s Home Improvement warehouse has opened at the site of the former Los Altos Drive-In, joining several big-name retailers at the new Los Altos Gateway".

DennisPierce
DennisPierce on December 13, 2006 at 11:28 am

This drive-in was near the 405 freeway. Back in the 60’s we used to get off the Bellflower exit to get to the drive-in to see those beach party films. The last time I went there was to see a double bill, Bronco Billy and Under the Rainbow back in 1981.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2006 at 11:17 am

Excellent point Ken. This church claims that it held services at the Los Altos Drive-In in March 1957. So this drive-in was open in the 1950’s.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 13, 2006 at 11:03 am

So it wouldn’t have opened in 1972, but probably sometime in the 50s.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2006 at 11:02 am

This website has some information and photos for the Los Altos Drive-In.

William
William on December 13, 2006 at 10:33 am

Well that ad was right, the drive-in was at Bellflower @ Spring. Bellflower & Spring are the cross streets at the north west corner of the property.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 13, 2006 at 10:02 am

There is an ad for the Los Altos Drive-In in the Long Beach Independent dated 9/17/58. Address is given as Bellflower at Spring.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on December 13, 2006 at 9:33 am

The Los Altos Drive-In began life as a single screen and was tri-plexed not long after. The theater was very large as noted by the car capacity. The theater was also notorious for presenting a dim image on the screens. It was one of the last drive-ins to bite the dust in So California. The designation above that it was a 4 plex is incorrect.

William
William on December 13, 2006 at 7:34 am

The car capacity breakdown was (1074),(798) & (938) from Pacific Thetare’s company roster.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2006 at 7:08 am

The BigScreen Cinema Guide gives this address:

Los Altos Drive-In

2800 N Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90815
Message: 562-421-8831

Drive-Ins.Com gives the same address with the following timeline and info:

Los Altos Drive-In Time Line
1972 – opened
1996 – closed
1998 – torn down

Owner: Pacific Theatres
Screens: 3 Season: unknown
Cars: 2150 Sound: unknown