Sante Fe Springs Swap Meet & Drive-In

13963 Alondra Boulevard,
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

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I often went to this theater in the mid-1960s in my car on dates, and a fun time was always had there. In 1969, I became the assistant manager, and worked there for six months. I ran the snack bar while my boss, the manager, smoked cigars and counted money.

I recall with fondness seeing “Romeo and Juliet” there about six times in a week, and enjoying it every single time.

Since the mid-60s, the drive-in (now known as the Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet & Drive-In) has been home to a swap meet, and today also hosts special events, including movie screenings twice a year.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 14, 2007 at 3:15 am

Here is an excerpt from an LA Times article dated 9/21/75:

The La Mirada Drive-In, which is actually located in the city of Santa Fe Springs, has become what municipal planners proudly call “a multiple land use”. On weekdays it is a Park and Ride facility for the Southern California Rapid Transit District. On weekends, the drive-in is transformed into one of the most successful swap meets in Southern California, the legendary Swap-O-Rama. The La Mirada Drive-In also shows movies.

Ed Collins
Ed Collins on August 17, 2007 at 9:39 pm

Each year the La Mirada Drive-in (now called the Santa Fe Springs Drive-In) reopens for just two nights a year. This year those nights are Monday, October 8th and Tuesday, October 9th.

The box office will open at 6:30 pm. The animated cartoon “Curious George” will play first at 7:00 pm followed immediately by “You, Me & Dupree” at approximately 8:30 pm.

Admission is $5.00 per car. The snackbar will be open with a limited menu.

I expect to be the manager on duty both evenings.

Ed Collins
Ed Collins on October 6, 2008 at 9:31 pm

For the record, as it does every fall, the Santa Fe Springs Drive-in reopens again, for two nights only. This year that’s tonight (Monday) and tomorrow night (Tuesday)!

This year’s movies are “Nanny McPhee” and “Evan Almighty.”

Admission is $5.00 per car.

This year I will NOT be the manager on duty. (Although I still work for the company, I no longer work at the swap meet.)

Bring the kids and enjoy the show!

Santa Fe Springs Drive-In
13963 Alondra Boulevard
Santa Fe Springs, California 90670
(562) 921-4359

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 6, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Thanks for the update, Ed. There are some photos on this page:
http://www.drive-ins.com/gallery/catsan3

1956
1956 on September 3, 2009 at 9:28 pm

My Folks took us kids to La Mirada Drive-In often in the 50’s & 60’s. I have fond memories of The Swap-O-Rama on the weekends in 1969. I used to help this old Hippie dude sell[anyone remember] The flower power wired plastic flowers or black light posters, Lava Lamps? There was a house that went along side of the entrance. The family that lived there, The daughter was good friends with my older sister, and from time to time we’d get in for free.On Monday or Tuesdays {I can’t remember} it was a Buck a carload. We saw a lot of good flicks back then.When movies were really made to watch, and be entertained= La Mirada still ROCKS!!!!!

coweyhere
coweyhere on November 7, 2010 at 3:52 am

A shot of the neon sign from August 2010:

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Ed Collins
Ed Collins on November 7, 2010 at 5:34 am

Reminder: Each year the La Mirada Drive-in (now called the Santa Fe Springs Drive-In) reopens for just two nights a year. This year those nights are Monday, November 8th and Tuesday, November 9th.

Just like last year, I will not be the manager on duty. (Although I still work for the company, I no longer work at the swap meet/drive-in.)

Admission is almost certainly still $5.00 per car.

Bring the kids and enjoy the show!

Santa Fe Springs Drive-In
13963 Alondra Boulevard
Santa Fe Springs, California 90670
(562) 921-4359

Ed Collins
Ed Collins on December 17, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Update:

Each year the Santa Fe Springs Drive-In reopens for just two nights a year. This year those nights are this Wednesday and Thursday, December 19th and 20th.

The box office will open at 6:00 pm. The first feature is the delightful 1990 comedy “Home Alone” starring Macaulay Culkin. This movie begins at 6:30 pm.

The second movie is the 1946 classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart. This movie begins at 8:30 pm.

Admission on the day of the event is $15.00 per car. Pre-sale tickets are available right now for $10.00.

The sound will be broadcast over your car’s FM radio.

Come on out and enjoy the show!

Santa Fe Springs Drive-In 13963 Alondra Boulevard Santa Fe Springs, California 90670 (562) 921-4359 (extension 0)

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