Long Beach Drive-In

1665 Hughes Way,
Long Beach, CA 90810

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The Long Beach Super Drive-In was opened July 6, 1955 with Jack Hawkins in “Land of the Pharaohs” and “Seven Angry Men”. It was operated by Aladdin Theatres & Berman Brothers. Later operated by Pacific Theatres they closed it December 16, 1979. It was razed to make way for a business park in 1980.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 26, 2009 at 11:56 am

Here is a May 1973 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/c6qq23

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 10, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Here is a December 1977 ad from the Long Beach Independent:
http://tinyurl.com/pbeumq

rivest266
rivest266 on August 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm

This opened on July 6th, 1955 as the Long Beach Super Drive-In. Grand opening ad in photo section.

DebraLea
DebraLea on November 10, 2013 at 11:37 pm

if wanted we spent every night at the Long Beach Drive-In. my best friend’s mother was the snack bar manager back in 65&66. we’d get to go up on the deck of snack bar roof to watch the movies. we were 15 & 16 them years and i have to say they were some of my happiest days, or evenings. they made my best memories of my teen days.

DebraLea
DebraLea on November 10, 2013 at 11:45 pm

oh it was on Wardlow Rd & Santa Fe Ave,

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on March 11, 2015 at 1:25 am

the drive in was seen in the television series Chips (Season 1,episode 8 – Green thumb burglar.) the green thumb burglars were chased by Ponch and Baker into the drive in near the end of the episode and arrested after chasing through the fence and into the playground near the screen.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on March 11, 2015 at 4:09 am

davidcoppock…Thanks for clearing that up. I saw the episode a while back and wondering myself.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on March 13, 2015 at 2:11 am

According to the Chips wiki episode guide for (season 1,episode 8-green thumb burglar.),the drive in theatre was also used in(season 3,episode 11-return of the supercycle.),but that episode guide says that was Sepulveda drive in theatre. In (season 1,episode 8.),you briefly see just before the police chase enters the drive in theatre lot,you briefly see the sign for the Long Beach(drive in?).

jwmovies
jwmovies on January 6, 2017 at 2:15 am

The address for this Drive-in is now 1665 Hughes Way, Long Beach, CA 90810.

It is now Intex. The main building, the lot next to it and part of Hughes Way made up the Drive-in Theater. The entrance originally was Warnock not Wardlow and was further east where the business park now stands (the entrance was located in the back of the property away from the freeway entrance).

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