Floral Drive-In

1465 Kern Avenue,
Monterey Park, CA 91754

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Previously operated by: Aladdin Enterprises, Pacific Theatres

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Floral Drive-In

The Floral Drive-In was opened August 18, 1950. By 1957 it was operated by Aladdin Enterprises. From June 10 1962 it went over to screening Spanish language movies. This was part of the Pacific Theatres chain in the early-1980’s and was still open in June 1981.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Dublinboyo on June 5, 2009 at 11:02 am

I grew up not far from this Drive-In. It was located on the boundry between Monterey Park and East Los Angeles and just off Monterey Pass Road. By the time I got around to it in the late 60’s and 1970’s the drive in had gone over to all Spanish film programing and was very popular with the locals from East Los Angeles. This Drive In was very popular on Saturday nights with families as cars would line up the length of Monterey Pass Road waiting to get in and score a prime spot. The lads and I used to sneak in and sit in the back row on cardboard and watch all the great Mexican actors, though we did not understand a lick of Spanish. But I do recall that they used to play a lot of films starring the classic Mexican actor “Cantinflas” and those, of course, trancended language and were very, very funny. They tore it down in 1986. Here’s a link I found of the old marquee:


basscott on August 12, 2009 at 4:23 pm

I remember as a kid in the 70’s seeing a movie screen in the distance when my family would drive the 60 just passed Atlantic Blvd. If I was lucky, I’d see a movie playing on it if we drove by at night. Big thrills for a kid!

Great memories of the drive-in theaters in LA county. Those were fun times.

kencmcintyre on January 15, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Here is an October 1961 ad from the LA Times:

MagicLantern on June 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Now a business and industrial park.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm

What great ads Ken mc.Love them.

Creosote on March 15, 2013 at 7:38 am

I never actually went to a movie there, but I lived a mile away up the hill in Monterey Park. So one of my most vivid childhood memories from the ‘60s is of hearing a chorus of horns honking from the theater whenever the movie would start late or break down. Which was pretty much every weekend night…

rivest266 on August 4, 2016 at 2:27 pm

August 18th, 1950 grand opening ad in photo section.

MichaelKilgore on February 12, 2019 at 12:48 pm

The Floral was included in advertisements in the LA Times as late as June 1981.

rivest266 on March 13, 2021 at 12:49 pm

The Floral Drive-In held a reopening on June 10th, 1962 for Spanish-language movies. Another ad from La Opinion posted.

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