Fiesta Four Drive-In

8462 Whittier Boulevard,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660

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Whittier Drive-In old screen (non-widescreen)

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When this drive-in opened on October 12, 1949, it was called the Whittier Drive-In. It was one of many Pacific drive-ins that had murals on its screen towers, here a Mexican scene. The Whittier Drive-In had a capacity for 1,225 cars.

During the conversion in the early-1980’s, it became the Fiesta Four Drive-In. As the Fiesta Four Drive-In it’s capacity was 609, 465, 447, and 790 cars.

Contributed by William Gabel

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William
William on December 18, 2003 at 1:52 am

The Whittier Drive-In opened on October 12th, 1949, it’s architect was Arthur J, Drielsma. The original screen size was 68 feet across. The size of the lot was 900' x 800'.

Hepcrack
Hepcrack on March 9, 2005 at 3:38 am

The drive-in hosted a swapmeet during the day on the weekends. Nothing is left of the theater now and has since had a warehouse built on the north east side of it. It was suppose to be develpoed into a Krikorian Premiere Theatre, but I have seen no construction as of yet.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 15, 2008 at 5:44 am

The October 1, 1949 issue of Boxoffice Magazine announced the impending opening of the Whittier Drive-In in Pico, California. It was the 14th drive-in for the Pacific chain. The cost of construction was given as $350,000.

The January 7, 1950, issue of the same magazine gives more information. It names the architect as J. Arthur Drielsma, and gives the capacity as 1,225 cars, making it the second-largest outdoor theater in the world. The Whittier was equipped with Motiograph projection equipment and in-car speakers, the screen was 51'x68', and the marquee was produced by the Wagner Sign Company.

LawMann
LawMann on March 22, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Believe it or not the Fiesta once used an automated changeover system on it’s eight projectors that used six thousand foot reels. One night vacation relief projectionist Jerry Cheney had this happen to him: Within a few seconds time all four theatres had a changeover at almost the same time. Needless to say this really freaked Jerry out and he was never the same after that. Honest!

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on June 19, 2010 at 7:49 am

Yet another industrial complex now.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I came to the Fiesta Four regularly during the last couple of years of its life with my girlfriend (who eventually became my wife). I brought her here to see “Bowfinger” & “Runaway Bride” back in Summer 1999. That experience single-handedly made her a drive-in fan. We were shocked to see that it closed…and were very thankful we found our way to the Vineland and Mission D/I’s after it closed.

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