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 by Ted Mann in 1949, and has since been closed and razed.

Contributed by William Gabel

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MagicLantern
MagicLantern on June 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm

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

lincbond442
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
DavidZornig on October 19, 2015 at 1:11 pm

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

VictorAtomic
VictorAtomic on July 21, 2016 at 9:05 am

Such a beautiful drive in…I was shocked when they razed the El Monte Fiesta Drive-in back in the late 90s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

The Fiesta Four Drive-In, opened in 1949 as the Whittier Drive-In, was actually in Pico Rivera, a few miles south of El Monte.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 17, 2017 at 12:46 pm

Ted Mann built this drive-in with a partner according to this Minneapolis newspaper article from 1952.

Found on Newspapers.com

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