Sundown Drive-In

12322 Washington Boulevard,
Whittier, CA 90606

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Nice picure of the marquee kenmc.

MikeCoke
MikeCoke on February 17, 2009 at 9:53 pm

No it was butter flavored topping.
The pre popped popcorn came in big bags that were my guess was about the size of a 50 gallon trash bag.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 17, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Pre-popped popcorn? There should be a law against that. Did you at least have butter and not “butter flavoring”?

MikeCoke
MikeCoke on February 17, 2009 at 6:09 pm

I worked there in the early 1970s. I worked the Box office, Snack Bar & as an Usher riding a bike around while the movies played.
After the movies were over I had to go wake up some of the folks so we could lockup & go home & sometimes they were sound asleep & not wearing their clothes.
During my time there the Snack Bar did not pop the Popcorn there we got it already popped in large plastic bags & we dumped it into large warming bins to warm it up a little before it was sold.
I grewup in Whittier & remember my Mom taking us there & remember seeing the Disney movie Old Yeller there in 1958.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 20, 2008 at 11:00 pm

The July 24, 1954, issue of Boxoffice Magazine carried an article about Hugh Bruen’s Sundown Drive-In, then under construction. It identified the designers as Balch, Bryan, Perkins, and Hutchason. William Glenn Balch was the lead architect of this firm. This was one of the first Southern California drive-ins equipped to show wide-screen movies from the day it opened.

Fredrickr
Fredrickr on December 20, 2008 at 9:50 pm

I see from the aerial photo that this DI was built in the less common style of double ramps.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 20, 2008 at 8:17 pm

I was a projectionist here also, and I can still hear the manager telling me his million-dollar business will stay here forever.

Been There – Done That

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 8, 2008 at 9:05 am

Capacity for 1,000 cars.

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

David DeCoteau
David DeCoteau on March 7, 2008 at 10:43 pm

I was a projectionist here at the Sundown back in the early 80s. Spanish language or subtitled movies at night – a swap meet during the day. Enter the Dragon (with spanish subtitles) was our biggest hit. We packed the place. Once you were in, you couldn’t leave. That packed! One night the fog rolled in and the horns started honking. What was I supposed I do?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 7, 2008 at 8:50 pm

An aerial view of Bruen’s Sundown Theatre, apparently from about the time of its opening in 1954, given the freshness of the blacktop.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 27, 2005 at 5:09 pm

Can anyone tell me if the Sunland Drive-In is listed here under a different name? It was an Eswards Theater.

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viper771
viper771 on May 3, 2005 at 12:47 am

I went to HS near this DI and it was already closed, but was being used as a swap meet at the time… I think they were even trying to save the place from being torn down.. but I guess it didn’t happen.