Compton Drive-In

2111 E. Rosecrans Avenue,
Compton, CA 90221

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Pacific's Compton Drive-In exterior

Opened by Ted Mann in 1949, on January 6, 1950 it was reopened by Pacific Theatres. 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 closed on January 7, 1995. It was then used as a church, but has since been razed.

Contributed by William Gabel

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lincbond442 on February 14, 2012 at 8:23 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 3:20 pm

Uploaded some Goggle Earth views.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 14, 2014 at 4:06 am

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

DavidZornig on October 19, 2015 at 9:11 pm

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

VictorAtomic on July 21, 2016 at 5:05 pm

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 7:21 pm

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 on January 17, 2017 at 8:46 pm

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

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MichaelKilgore on August 15, 2019 at 1:44 am

“A temporary injunction against a used car lot and restaurant adjacent to the Compton Drive-In, a Pacific Drive-In operation, for using brilliant lights to the detriment of the ozoner customers was secured in Superior Court. The action state that the defendants installed the lights after the start of the drive-in to distract patrons of the latter.” — Boxoffice, July 4, 1960

rivest266 on October 8, 2019 at 10:51 pm

The Compton Drive-In opened on January 6th, 1950 by Pacific Theatres. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on April 28, 2020 at 10:25 pm

This closed on January 7th, 1995, and reopened as a church called “The Vision” on January 15th, 1995. Compton Drive-In found God.Compton Drive-In found God. Sat, Jan 7, 1995 – Page 177 · The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) ·

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