Los Feliz Drive-In

3061 Riverside Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90039

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The Los Feliz Drive-In was opened March 24, 1950 when it was operated by James Finkler. The opening program was Randolph Scott in “The Navadan” & Louis Hayward in “Pirates of Capri”. By 1952 it was operated by Los Feliz Drive-In Theatres Inc. and C.A. Ford. The address was given as 3105 Riverside Drive. It was a twin-screen drive-in with a capacity for 500 cars. This is the address for the entrance. The Los Feliz Drive-In was closed October 2, 1956.

The theatres themselves are now Interstate Highway 5.

Contributed by James Monroe

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davidcoppock on December 25, 2017 at 8:10 am

Why was it called Los Feliz?

stevenj on December 25, 2017 at 9:27 am

davidcoppock…This drive in was at the eastern edge of LA’s Los Feliz neighborhood.

MichaelKilgore on June 7, 2019 at 7:02 am

From the June 24, 1950 issue of BoxOffice:

LOS ANGELES – Because flood lights used to illuminate a playing field in the municipally owned Griffith park are blinding patrons of the nearby Los Feliz Drive-In, the city’s park and recreation commission has been given a “reasonable time” to erect an adequate shielding device.

That order was contained in a ruling handed down in superior couts as part of a preliminary injunction granted in an action filed against the city by Marvin M. Chesebro and Frank and Ernest Sbicca, owners of the drive-in, which opened March 15.

Chesebro, an attorney, held that the city should either stop using the flood lights or construct a baffle, which he estimates would cost approximately $3,500. The city’s plea that the cost would be closer to $7,500 and that the theatre should build the shield was denied in the court’s ruling. Chesebro charged that the drive-in is losing $300 worth of business every Friday night, when the Griffith park baseball field is open.

Chesebro is the son of Ray L. Chesebro, city attorney, who disqualified himself from representing the municipality because his son is a stockholder in the drive-in enterprise.

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