Gage Drive-In

6801 Gage Avenue,
Commerce, CA 90201

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Gage Drive-In

Located in the City of Commerce near Bell Gardens in southwest Los Angeles. The Gage Drive-In opened on April 12, 1949 with Glenn Ford in “Return of October”. It was closed in September 1977 and was soon demolished. It had a capacity for 900 cars.

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shoeshoe14 on September 6, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Was mentioned in the documentary “Drive-In Movie Memories” in 2001.

kencmcintyre on July 10, 2009 at 7:01 pm

This is from Boxoffice magazine in March 1949:

HUNTINGTON PARK, CA-The 1,000-car Gage Avenue Drive-In now being built here by Pacific Theaters is expected to be completed early in April. Occupying a 15-acre site, the new open air theater is being erected at a cost of $400,000.

The front of the drive-in will be featured by a large mural of a stagecoach drawn by four horses in front of a picturesque mountain background. A seven-story screen tower is being fabricated of structural steel. Another convenience will be a 100-foot concession bar.

kencmcintyre on July 10, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Here is the mural mentioned above:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 6, 2010 at 6:33 am

Boxoffice of July 31, 1948, said that C.H. and William Glenn Balch were preparing plans for a drive-in at Bell Gardens for Pacific Drive-Ins.

As the firm of Balch & Balch had been dissolved a few years earlier, and William Glenn Balch had formed a partnership with Louis L. Bryan in 1946, I’m not sure if the inclusion of Clifford Balch in the notice was not just an error by somebody at Boxoffice who didn’t know about the elder Balch’s retirement.

In any case, William Balch had already designed other drive-ins and was almost certainly the lead architect on the Bell Gardens project. Balch & Bryan had several drive-in projects underway in 1948.

MagicLantern on June 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Now a housing development tract, the outline of which is fairly close to the boundaries of the old drive-in.

JasonEVega on October 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm

The city should possibly be changed to Commerce, CA. I found an archive from the City of Commerce library/UCLA digital archives showing its demolition. Google Maps lists the address as Commerce as well.

davidcoppock on October 18, 2018 at 4:47 am

Opened on 12/4/1949 with “Return of October”. Closed in 1977. Demolished a few weeks after closure. Site now an industrial park. Mural with a Spanish horseman on back of screen.

MichaelKilgore on February 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm

The Los Angeles Times, in articles and advertisements, placed the Gage in the City of Commerce in 1977, and technically the city briefly owned its land. In August that year its former owners agreed to sell to the city. The Gage was still showing movies in September, then its land was sold by the city in October, and its screen was pulled down by the first week of November.

Google Maps also places 6801 Gage Avenue in Commerce CA.

rivest266 on October 6, 2019 at 2:11 pm

Tiny LA Times grand opening ad posted.

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