10860 W. Pico Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres
Architects: Clifford A. Balch
Previous Names: Drive-In, Pacific Drive-In
The Drive-In Theatre was the first of its type to be opened in California, and it opened on September 9, 1934 with Will Rogers in “Handy Andy”.
Later known as the Pacific Drive-In, as it was operated by Pacific Theatres. By 1943, it was known as the Pico Drive-In, and was closed on October 1, 1944 with Fred MacMurray in “Double Indemnity” & James Mason in “Candlelight in Algeria”. It was demolished in 1947. It was moved to Olympic & Bundy and reopened as the Olympic Drive-In (which has its own page on Cinema Treasures). The Picwood Theatre was built on part of the site of the Pico Drive-In.
Movies have always held a place at this intersection of West Los Angeles–from the 1948 built Picwood Theatre (which was demolished in 1990) to the 4-screen Landmark Theatre inside the Westside Pavilion, which opened in the 1980’s.
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