Torrance Drive-In

5501 Torrance Boulevard,
Torrance, CA 90503

Unfavorite 5 people favorited this theater

1955 Gala Opening print ad courtesy of Doug Simmons.

Aladdin Enterprises opened the Torrence Drive-In on June 29, 1955 with Jane Russell in “Foxfire” & Rod Cameron in “Double Jeopardy”. It had a 1,200 car capacity. It was a large, well kept drive-in, later operated by Pacific Theatres, and was closed in 1988. Condos now sit on the site.

Contributed by manwithnoname

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 9, 2007 at 11:10 pm

Here is a January 1958 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/39yyu2

stevebopp
stevebopp on September 10, 2007 at 12:22 am

Where did you find the newspaper listing, Ken?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 10, 2007 at 11:00 am

The LA Library website has an archive of past LA Times articles dating back to 1881. You need a library card to access the archives, however.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 21, 2008 at 6:48 pm

A couple of classics from September 1973, per the LA Times. Rev up the Pinto, Ma:
http://tinyurl.com/ytnj9a
http://tinyurl.com/2y9v79

Clearlight
Clearlight on April 20, 2008 at 6:02 pm

After being married on 12/31/81 the first place that my wife and I lived was in the Margarita Townhouse apartments which are around the corner from where the Torrance Drive-In was located. From our bedroom window we could see the films being screened but, alas, the drive-in was closed soon after to make way for the gated community that occupies the land today. This would have been sometime in the first half of 1982. Our daughter now goes to Bishop Montgomery High School and just about every time I pick her up from school I think about the old drive-in.

Clearlight
Clearlight on April 20, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Correction: My wife and I were married on 12/31/87 so the Torrance Drive-In would have closed the first half of 1988. Sorry for any confusion.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 14, 2009 at 11:54 am

Here is a June 26, 1955 item from the LA Times:

The new Torrance Drive-In Theater, another link in the fast-growing Aladdin chain, will open Wednesday. The opening screen attractions are Jane Russell and Jeff Chandler in “Fox Fire” and Rod Cameron in his latest full length film “Double Jeoaprdy”, costarring Gale Robbins.

Officials of Aladdin, civic leaders and others are expected to attend the opening event. Fred Chancia is resident general manager.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 19, 2019 at 2:39 pm

This opened on June 29th, 1955. Grand opening ad posted.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 20, 2019 at 4:14 am

Opened with “Foxfire” and “Double Jeopardy”.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater