San Pedro Drive-In

1575 N. Gaffey Street,
San Pedro, CA 90731

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rivest266 on February 4, 2018 at 2:50 pm

This opened on May 27th, 1949. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

movieman6262 on November 14, 2016 at 8:57 pm

I have a lot of memories of this theater When I was a kid. My mom and dad would take me here to see a movie and I played on the playground then when the movie started we would go to our cars and watch the movie. we would pretty much always have dinner somewhere close to the movie theater then we would go and enjoy the movie as well as have a lot of fun. One movie I remember seeing here at San Pedro was and it was my moms favorite was “The Birds” By Alfred Hitchcock. I have plenty great memories of this wonderful movie theater.

davidcoppock on October 21, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Is there any drive-in screens remaining that still have the artwork on the back of the screen, or are they all gone?

sarahfava on August 15, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Does anyone now what became of the ticket booths from the san pedro drive in? I seem to remember them being chrome and modern/ deco in design. A shame if they were destroyed.

tnavel on March 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm

on the way to the san pedro drive in usually in oct. the refinery that you would pass had a round tank that they would paint orange to look like a giant pumpkin. we knew we were close to the drive in

TLSLOEWS on April 27, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Too bad there are no photos.

William on February 12, 2010 at 9:44 am

The cost of the San Pedro Drive-In was $300,000.00.

KimReynolds on December 2, 2008 at 2:19 pm

In back of the screen on the next property was the DeCarlo Bakery. I remember the smell of fresh bread late into the evening. When my dad had a Poker Night back in 1972 with his friends my mom took me and my 2 younger brothers to the San Pedro. She told us to pick out a movie. We choose “The Corpse Grinders”. My mom had some concerns but took us anyway. Needless to say we did not stay for the second feature. Good times!

Glory on May 30, 2008 at 12:57 am

I remember the San Pedro Drive-in. I use to have alot of fun there. I remember when I was younger my mom and dad use to take us (myself, sister. We’d stop by McDonald’s first and they would buy 10 hamburgers for $1.00. That’s right! 10 for just $1.00. Now you wouldn’t catch me eating that stuff. Anyway, we’d head off to the theatre and have fun.

I remember one time we went to see “Psycho” when it first came out there. I laughed so hard when my mom said we were going to watch peace-co. I couldn’t figure out what she said. I also remember when I use to work at the snack bar. Didn’t do that for long. I knew too many kids that wanted free stuff. Wouldn’t do it. However, I did use to sneak a bunch in my car trunk. It was funny at the time when I saw all the kids coming out of my trunk.

Gone are the days of 2 moves for the price of 1.

kencmcintyre on May 3, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Here is an ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on July 9, 2007 at 11:12 pm

Here is a 1947 architectural rendering from the LAPL:

jpaerels on June 16, 2004 at 10:44 pm

My grandfather was the manager of the theater sometime in the 60’s. Before they tore it down there were eucalyptus trees all around the perimeter fence that he had planted. It was also kinda cool that some of the people who lived in the houses on the west side had speakers on their patios overlooking the theater.

Daria on May 3, 2004 at 2:25 am

The coolest thing about the San Pedro Drive-In (other than the mural) was that there was a Di Carlo bakery right on the next lot. Popcorn suddenly became no big deal when the aroma of freshly baked Italian bread came wafting over the wall during the films! It still drives me nuts when I pass the Gaffey exit and no longer see the theater over to the left of the Harbor Fwy. It just doesn’t look right!