Fiesta Four Drive-In

8462 Whittier Boulevard,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660

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leggs on September 9, 2017 at 4:35 am

I worked at the Whittier Drive in from 1969 to 1971. I have great memories there. That is where I met my husband. We have been married 46 years. Also that is where my dad proposed to my mother. So we have a lot of family ties. My bosses name was Mr. Ward. Our projectionist was Mr.Shaley. If anyone reads this that worked there at that time, I would love to hear from you. My real name is Kathy. My nick name at that time was Leggs.I was very sad when they made it the Fiesta Four. But I was really sad when it was torn down.

jboyette on December 20, 2015 at 1:23 pm

The land that this drive-in sat on was eventually developed into a commercial and industrial business park. Included among these businesses is a CVS, a Harbor Freight Tools, and, coincidentally, a CINÉPOLIS movie theater (the non-luxury variety).

Now, a true story. Just released this last weekend was “Star Wars – The Force Awakens”, which is episode 7 in the greater Star Wars series of movies.

My first movie-going experience at this drive-in, as a little boy, was the original “Star Wars”, aka “Star Wars – Episode 4, A New Hope” – the very first movie that started them all.

That was way back in the late 70’s. Time and age have left me feeling as though my original Star Wars movie-going experience was truly “long ago, in a galaxy far, far away” (lol). Please excuse the pun.

I will get around to seeing this newest Star Wars movie, and I will make an effort to see it at this location. A sort of “closing the circle”.

It will make me happy, in a wistful sort of way.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 8, 2011 at 1:29 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.

MagicLantern on June 18, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Yet another industrial complex now.

LawMann on March 22, 2009 at 1:24 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!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 14, 2008 at 9:44 pm

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.

Hepcrack on March 8, 2005 at 7:38 pm

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.

William on December 17, 2003 at 5:52 pm

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'.