Lakewood Drive-In

2120 E. Carson Street,
Long Beach, CA 90807

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Fanofcomedy on May 12, 2021 at 3:59 pm

What the last movie playing at Lakewood Drive in?

davidcoppock on October 2, 2018 at 9:04 pm

Site is now Long Beach Town Square.

davidcoppock on October 2, 2018 at 8:16 pm

Opened on 26/8/1948 with “latest news”, “colour cartoons(number and names not mentioned?), "The Green grass of Wyoming”, and Raw deal".

rivest266 on December 20, 2014 at 9:11 am

August 26th, 1948 grand opening ad in photo section.

Auggie97 on April 16, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Joe it was at Carson and Paramount. I went there several times, it is now a WALMART.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on October 10, 2013 at 10:49 pm

This the correct address: 2120 E Carson St, Long Beach, CA 90807 ‎

ThomasJohn on September 29, 2013 at 7:02 am

The Lakewood Drive In was at Carson and Cherry – the Lakewood walk-in was in the little shopping area at Carson and Lakewood.

monroe jones
monroe jones on August 12, 2013 at 11:51 pm

This is where I fell in love with Horror movies. I went here when I was a child to see Friday the 13th with my parents and sister. It was great and it opened my mind to horror movies.

jamesgreenfield2 on March 16, 2013 at 1:12 pm

The Lakewood Drive-in was located at Carson and Lakewood Blvd, across from Douglas Aircraft and just west from Cal-Bowl just beyond the railroad tracks, (tho I never in 35 years saw any train on the tracts). The Los Altos Drive-in was located on Bellflower Blvd where Worthington Ford now sits. The Circle Drive-in was located at the traffic circle in Long Beach, Ca. near where Java Lanes once stood on Pacific Coast Hwy.

jwmovies on October 18, 2012 at 11:10 am

Above address will not map correctly. Use 2250 E. Carson Street. Ralph’s is where the drive-in stood.

Neurosturgeon on June 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I believe it was during a visit to the Lakewood Drive-In that we were given rain-out tickets because of a fire at Hancock Oil caused the cars and the screen to become covered in oil. I was only about 3 years old, so it would have been about 1957.

At that age, I think I rated drive-ins by the quality of the playgrounds.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 22, 2008 at 2:36 am

Google Maps thinks W. Carson Street is E. Carson St., and thus the map link for this theater shows a location west of the river. The site was actually at the corner of Carson and Cherry, way east of the river. However, if you change the city to Lakewood, Google Maps finds the right intersection. You can get the same correction by changing the zip code to 90712.

According to an item in the November 15, 1947, issue of Boxoffice Magazine, this drive-in was designed by Clifford and William Glenn Balch, for Pacific Theatres. The item also said that the brothers designed another drive-in for Pacific at the same time, to be built at Roscoe and Sepulveda in the San Fernando Valley.

Clifford Balch (born 1880) would have been about 77 years old at the time these theaters were designed, while his far younger brother William (born 1901) was, at the time, in a business partnership with architect Louis L. Bryan (Balch & Bryan), formed in 1946. I don’t know exactly what the professional relationship between the brothers was at the time, but a few items from about 1947 also appeared in Southwest Builder & Contractor linking them as designers of various drive-ins, and at least one hardtop.

kencmcintyre on September 23, 2007 at 1:31 pm

That must be the one. Thanks.

kencmcintyre on September 23, 2007 at 1:01 pm

This ad was in the Press-Telegram in May 1949. I can’t place the location:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 12, 2005 at 2:30 pm

Cari De La Cruz:
The Los Altos was a different (and much larger) drive-in, on Bellflower Boulevard in Long Beach. I can’t find it listed on Cinema Treasures, but there is a web page devoted to it elsewhere:
View link

CariDLC on July 12, 2005 at 12:21 pm

I believe you are referring to the Los Altos Drive In — right next door to the Cal Worthington Ford. Of the two, only the dealership remains. My daughter was about 4 or 5 when they demolished it in 1994 to make way for a large shopping complex which features a Lowe’s, a K-Mart, and a bunch of eateries. They would always show a double-feature — generally preceded by a cartoon. My brother and I got to wear our pajamas, and lay down in the back of the station wagon, but we were never allowed to sit outside or on top of the car (like other kids). They had a playground by the snackbar, and I remember that we’d always get there “long” before dark (probably 30 minutes – which was an eternity for a little urchin) to get a good spot — not too close, not too far back. One of the first movies I can recall seeing there was Legend of Boggy Creek — something I’m sure my parents thought I’d be asleep for; the last movie was Alaska and some stupid movie about children being abused by the headmistress at a private school. I believe we also saw Jungle Book there…Anyway, they tore it down before I knew what was happening — one summer it was there, the next — GONE. I guess that’s what you call progress, but I miss the good old summer nights, bundled up in a blanket, with a big tub of popcorn to keep me warm.