San Gabriel Drive-In

174 W. Valley Boulevard,
San Gabriel, CA 91776

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San Gabriel Drive-In

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Opened in early-1955, this drive-in theatre was on the south side of Valley Boulevard, and just west of DelMar Avenue in the city of San Gabriel. It has been replaced by a large shopping complex.

‘Just Old Bob’ writes; ‘The last movie I saw there was “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind”, and it operated for some years after that. A very nice drive-in.’

Contributed by "Just Old Bob", William Gabel

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 17, 2005 at 4:31 pm

The classic film “Dorm that Dripped Blood” was released in 1982 and featured Daphne Zuniga as a victim dispatched early in the procedings. Thus you can assume that this drive-in was in existence at least until the early 1980s.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 1, 2007 at 10:12 am

Here is a January 1973 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/292agq

Dublinboyo
Dublinboyo on November 2, 2007 at 8:09 pm

Along with the old Starlight Drive-In in El Monte, the San Gabriel was truly our local neighbourhood Drive In. I recall the first film I saw there was “Goldfinger” in 1964 at the age of 5. Taken with my older brother Michael and his mates, I felt like one of the guys. My bro and his mates proceeded to get totally pissed on beer and what not and I have a vivid memory of him having to pull his big Ford over to the side of the road after the films let out so his mate could puke. Good times! Of course I did the same thing 10 years later with my friends too. Saw lots of good stuff there including “The Omen” and a bunch of other stuff I can’t rememeber. But they had a pretty good snack bar and I recall the pizza was not half bad! Hard to belive now that there were ever things like drive-Ins.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 19, 2008 at 3:32 am

As can be seen from the full version of the photograph above, this was called Edwards San Gabriel Drive-In Theatre. It was one of several San Gabriel Valley drive-ins in which Pacific Theatres and the Edwards circuit were partners.

I remember watching this place being built, but I can’t remember exactly what year that was. I think it was no later than 1956, and certainly was not very much earlier.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 16, 2008 at 11:04 pm

Items in various issue of Boxoffice Magazine from 1955 indicate that the Edwards San Gabriel Drive-In opened early that year. The architect of the 1100 car theater was J. Arthur Drielsma. The project included a 2,400 square foot building at the base of the screen tower, on the street side, which was designed as an office for the Edwards Theatre Circuit, and the company’s headquarters remained there from 1955 until it was moved to Orange County in the 1970s.

The February 4, 1956, issue of Boxoffice featured a photo of the Edwards San Gabriel Drive-In, about a year after it had opened.

Though Edwards opened the theater in partnership with Pacific Drive-Ins, and for many years it appeared in the Pacific Drive-Ins listings in the Los Angeles Times, by the mid-1980s it was being listed in the Edwards Cinemas section, along with the Edwards Drive-In and the Azusa Drive-In.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on December 25, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Thanks Ken, at least we have a aerial view of what the lot looked like, since no one else posted one. Quite a distance from the back row….

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on December 25, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I guess I could put an iPod on my hood to relive the experience….

Anonymous_One
Anonymous_One on June 19, 2013 at 12:43 am

http://www.drive-ins.com/gallery/catsang

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