Compton Drive-In

2111 E. Rosecrans Avenue,
Compton, CA 90221

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Pacific's Compton Drive-In exterior

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The Compton Drive-In was one of the few lucky Pacific drive-ins that had a mural on its screen tower. The Compton Drive-In had a mural of Viking Ships and a car capacity of 1,196. The Compton Drive-In was opened in 1949, and has since been closed and razed.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 26 comments)

Manwithnoname on April 23, 2009 at 12:29 pm

The really sad thing is that every single theater in ken mc’s post(except the Paramount which is now the El Capitan)is gone and no longer running movies full time. The Orpheum is still open but almost 100% live shows now. Also, Rooney actually made a number of action films including “Ambush Bay”, “Pulp”, “The Secret Invasion”, “The Domino Principle”, etc.

kencmcintyre on May 20, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Here is a January 1958 ad from the LA Times:

MagicLantern on June 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm

That’s a huge empty lot at that address now.

lincbond442 on February 14, 2012 at 12:23 am

This place is one of my earliest memories as a child. We lived in Lynwood and would pass by this place on the way to Paramount on the weekends. It was a magnificent structure that I still remember almost 40 years later. Compton and El Monte had my favorite screen tower murals.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on February 14, 2012 at 7:20 am

Uploaded some Goggle Earth views.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 13, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Charles Phoenix wrote recently about his all-too-brief encounter with the Compton Drive-In.

DavidZornig on October 19, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Circa 1951 photo added featuring Sam Barris' `49 Mercury custom next to the Compton sign.

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