South Gate Drive-In

5131 Firestone Boulevard,
South Gate, CA 90280

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South Gate Drive-In

The South Gate Drive-In was opened on March 14, 1950. It was located at Firestone Boulevard at Atlantic Avenue, and was operated by Berman Theatres, followed by Alladin Theatres and from 1956 by Pacific Theatres. It was closed in 1979.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 13, 2008 at 3:20 am

I drove by this location today. It’s heavy industrial, and looks like it has been for some time. I’m not sure where the drive-in would have been, unless it was off to the back somewhere.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 21, 2008 at 4:26 am

Been There – Done That

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 29, 2009 at 12:45 am

“Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox” was playing at the drive-in back in March 1976, per this LA Times ad:
http://tinyurl.com/d8sb6c

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 29, 2009 at 12:49 am

If you enter the address on this site, you can see the drive-in back in 1972 and the 1950s. It was set back from Firestone Boulevard, as I suspected.
http://tinyurl.com/ddtd55

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 19, 2010 at 12:39 am

“Hell Squad” was playing at the South Gate in October 1958:
http://tinyurl.com/kwplqt

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm

It was a rather large Drive-in parking 850 cars and the SOUTH GATE DRIVE-In was owned by ALADDIN DRIVE-IN THEATRE INC. All this in 1956.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 6, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Nice photo of the screen tower ken mc.

jblewis17
jblewis17 on July 30, 2014 at 11:22 pm

I graduated from South Gate High in 1954. I took my girlfriend to the drive in in 1952, in my 1938 Chey coupe. I only went there a few times because she became an usher at the Vogue, and I was always let in for free when she was working. Fond memories of South Gate. I new was torn down in the 80’s, but I don’t remember what year.

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