Twin-Vue Drive-In

15201 S. Figueroa Street,
Gardena, CA 90248

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Twin-Vue Drive-In

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This was a drive-in located in Gardena. Technically, there were two screens in the one lot, but only one was used to exhibit films. If I recall, it was operated by Fox West Coast. The lot was fairly small.

I was here once, on a Saturday night, to see “Up The Down Staircase” plus “Hotel”. I remember the lot was pretty full and felt cramped, with little space between the rows of cars. I had seen the same double feature at the Paradise Theater in Westchester a few weeks before seeing it at the Twin Vue.

This drive in was open at least through the mid-1970’s.

Contributed by moviemanforever

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Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on February 11, 2004 at 3:22 pm

The Twin-Vue was one of the first ozoners, along with the Harbor DI in Harbor City, to disappear from the South Bay. It was very much as described when the theater was listed. My guess is instead of modifying the existing screen to accommodate scope they simply built a second one. The small screen sat rotting and was a terrible eyesore. No trace of this theater remains.

Daria
Daria on May 2, 2004 at 11:01 pm

I have photos of the Twin-Vue and that dreadful second screen; I’ll have to look for them and scan them. The theatre was pretty trashy-looking for most of its existence; by the time the mid-1970s came (the last time I saw a film there), it was a real eyesore, as was the sad little Picador Restaurant right outside the front gate. All that’s left of this part of old Gardena is the sign from The Condes' restaurant from down the street (you can find it at Universal Citywalk). There’s now a McDonalds and a vocational school on the property, and, unlike in the days of the Twin-Vue, the freeway exits there and not down the street on Alondra. But it’s still hard to pass by the intersection without thinking about that spooky old theatre and the old Dr. Pepper plant across the freeway from it.

One other person who remembers the Twin-Vue well is Bobby Rivers, host of “Top 5” on Food Network! I heard him mention it on last night’s show! (Hey Gardena—-we were mentioned on telly)!!!

Freeman
Freeman on February 27, 2006 at 4:13 pm

Well when I went to the Twin Vue in the mid to late 60’s both screens were used to show movies

dennis906
dennis906 on April 3, 2006 at 6:46 am

As a child during the early 60’s my dad would take the family to the drive-in on Friday’s after he came home from work and got cleaned up. The Twin Vue was one of those drive-in’s that I remember fondly. Some of the films I remember seeing there were Pollyanna and Flipper. Years later after joing the projectionist Local 150 I learned that the projectionist who first opened the Twin Vue also closed it. I also learned that because of the small and somewhat narrow lot, the Twin Vue was configured in such a way that the main screen tower was placed in the northwest corner of the lot and faced southeast so the headlight glare from the northbound Harbor freeway traffic would not be distracting to the audience had it been placed in the southwest corner but later a second smaller screen tower was positioned in the southwest corner of the lot along with car stalls and speaker poles. Most of the time it sat there unused. Only on those rare occasions when the main lot filled up did management open the smaller lot and ran the same picture on both screens using an inovative prism mirror system contained in a box in front of the lens of each of the two projectors that were facing the main screen tower. With the turn of a knob on the top of each box the same image could be simutaneoulsy thrown on both screens. However, this reduced the footlambert and the image lost some brightness on both screens. After too many complaints and refunds about the poor picture quality management stopped doing this. Now when the main lot filled up the second lot opened but arriving customers were told to park their cars so that it faced the main screen.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 10, 2007 at 6:48 pm

It’s an industrial park. No trace of the drive-in.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 24, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Here is an October 1974 double feature, as advertised in the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/3ayogh

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 3, 2008 at 11:41 am

Here is another ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/5v5n97

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 3:56 pm

You can see aerial views from a few different decades by entering the theater address on this site:
View link

63willie
63willie on February 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm

I worked at the Twin-Vue in 1963-1965, when it was owned by the Glenny family, who also owned the liquor store and lounge next door. Busy nights meant trying to guide cars facing northwest into stalls facing southwest. We ushers made spare change by washing windshields for tips before the show started. Also, since we charged by the person while the nearby Roadium charged by the car, there were always a few cars who left the entry line with multiple passengers – only to appear moments later with only one or two people, and a pronounced lower ride toward the rear.

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