Olympic Drive-In

12101 West Olympic Boulevard,
West Los Angeles, CA 90064

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TivFan on April 8, 2013 at 11:58 pm

A few other movies with “drive-in” scenes (not the Olympic) are “Lolita” (1961) and “Lonelyhearts” (1958) with Montgomery Clift.

TivFan on April 8, 2013 at 11:52 pm

I just watched “The Facts of Life” (UA, 1960) which shows the Olympic Drive-In Theatre. The b&w movie is available on a 2007 MGM/UA DVD. The segment starts at the 56:59 point and ends at 1:00:10. Bob Hope and Lucille Ball are driving, nervously looking for some place to go, and Hope says, “Hey, there’s an idea. Wanna see a movie?” Ball replies, “Sure” and they enter the Olympic Drive-In Theatre. There are great shots of the Olympic exterior, showing the name in neon and a mural showing a couple on surfboards, sailboats in the water and a beach/coastline. The theater entrance is shown, then a long-shot of the Drive-In lot, showing the screen and the car entering and pulling into a spot. At the end of the scene, the car exits the Olympic, showing the street side of the screen. Is this the Olympic Drive-In shown in the “interior” shots? I assume it is, but you never know with “movie magic”…

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 15, 2011 at 12:33 am

This theater should be listed in Los Angeles. West Los Angeles is a district, not an independent city.

BRADE48 on June 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Went to this drive in quite a few times in my childhood. I remember it quite fondly.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 8, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I saw “THE FACTS OF LIFE” bet alot of L.A. drive-ins were used in the movies.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm

I just saw “The Facts of Life” and was tickled to see this drive-in featured there. Lucille Ball and Bob Hope go there to cheat on their spouses and get in a little necking but they are spotted by their dry-cleaning man. Hilarity ensues when the horn gets stuck and the speaker is still attached to the car as they try to duck out.

exit129 on October 18, 2009 at 6:53 pm

I remember as a kid visiting the Olympic with my parents as I was always more interested in the very colorful and bright Milani 1890 French dressing billboard that was outside of the theater to the right side of the screen then the movie at the age I was then.

gregorson18 on August 5, 2009 at 7:17 am

What year did the Olympic drive in theater move to the new location near olympic and bundy?

kencmcintyre on April 11, 2009 at 8:12 am

Here is a 1951 photo from Life magazine:

kencmcintyre on March 30, 2009 at 3:19 pm

The last film to play at the Olympic was “Gordon’s War” with Paul Winfield, according to the LA Times ads of October 1973.

kencmcintyre on March 30, 2009 at 3:04 pm

If you enter the address on this site, you can see the theater in the 1952 and 1972 aerials. It was long gone by the time the 1980 photo was taken.
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shoeshoe14 on September 8, 2008 at 5:49 am

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

kencmcintyre on October 19, 2007 at 4:32 am

Here is a 1954 ad from the LA Times:

MagicLantern on May 15, 2006 at 2:42 pm

This drive-in appeared in the film “The Facts of Life”.

stevebob on August 24, 2005 at 6:34 am

Thank you, William. (Gotta remember to check that “previous name” box when searching!)

William on August 24, 2005 at 6:29 am

stevebob, the Whittier Drive-In later became the Fiesta Four Drive-In in Pico Rivera. It’s on this site.

stevebob on August 24, 2005 at 6:19 am

Among those listed above with classic murals is the Whittier Drive-In. I saw it often from a passing car as a child and remember the Spanish dancers.

Anyway, it doesn’t have an entry here as yet. It was on Whittier Boulevard (probably still U.S. 101 when the drive-in opened), but it was not in the city of Whittier. I can’t recall the exact location, but I believe it was in Montebello or Pico Rivera.

William on August 24, 2005 at 5:36 am

hoppy, the second Drive-In was located on the site/area of the old Picwood. It was called the Pico Drive-In, which opened in 1934. It later moved to the site of were the Olympic once sat. (Martin Cadillac dearship now)

cheviothills on August 23, 2005 at 4:46 pm

A piece of unknown history to many is that next to the first drive-in set up in New Jersey the Olympic is the second drive-in built.


cheviothills on August 23, 2005 at 4:43 pm

When I grew up in the 1950’s in Rancho Park the 2 most famous theatres were the Picwood and Olympic drive in. Back then they were called passion pits. The last time I went there was 1965 with my girlfriend to see VIVA LAS VEGAS. I will attach a site to see some theatres I posted under Webshots including the Olympic Drive In.

RobertR on July 28, 2005 at 9:00 am

Here is a pic of the grand entrance
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bradley on October 15, 2002 at 12:10 pm

My family frequented this drive-in when I was a child. It is missed as is every other Drive-in of the past.