Gilmore Drive-In

6201 W. 3rd Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Pacific's Gilmore Drive-In exterior

The Gilmore Drive-In was located near the Farmers Market in the Fairfax area in Los Angeles. It had its entrance on W. 3rd Street at S. Fairfax Avenue. The Gilmore Drive-In opened by Sero Enterprises in 1948 with a capacity for 650 cars. Later taken over by Pacific Theatres, it was still open in November 1977, but had closed by January 1978. It sat for the next 5 years, before being razed.

Near the Gilmore Drive-In was a few other walk-in theatres. The Fairfax Theatre at S. Fairfax Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, the Pan Pacific Theatre on Beverly Boulevard, the Esquire Theatre on S. Fairfax Avenue (now Canters Deli), and the Silent Movie 3 blocks up S. Fairfax Avenue near Melrose Avenue. Also in the area was the Pan Pacific Auditorium and one of Los Angeles early sports areas called Gilmore Field.

As the sun sets on the former Gilmore Drive-In, the people in the Park La Brea area are now treated with a brand new Pacific multi-plex called the Grove.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

kencmcintyre on October 13, 2006 at 1:27 pm

Here is a 1953 photo from the USC archive:

kencmcintyre on June 8, 2007 at 6:02 pm

I think the address was 6201 W. 3rd Street. That address shows up in some LA Times articles from the fifties about shootings and other problems at the drive-in.

kencmcintyre on September 14, 2007 at 10:04 am

Here is a June 1953 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on April 18, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Here is an ad in the LA Times in December 1958. Click on the ad to zoom in:

TLSLOEWS on June 8, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Very cool photos.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 8, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Great ads Ken Mc,could look at them all night,I enjoy the work you do on CT and all the great pictures,only wish i had the equipment to add my collections.

DavidZornig on November 23, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Aerial photo added courtesy of Doug Simmons.

MichaelKilgore on February 12, 2019 at 4:05 pm

The Gilmore was still included in advertisements in the LA Times as late as Nov. 1, 1977. An article printed on Jan. 8, 1978 said that the Gilmore was closed.

MichaelKilgore on January 5, 2020 at 11:29 pm

Boxoffice, Feb. 13, 1954: “Pacific Drive-Ins is taking over operation of two local ozoners, the Victory and Gilmore, from Sero Amusement”

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