South Gate Drive-In

5131 Firestone Boulevard,
South Gate, CA 90280

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres

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South Gate Drive-In

The South Gate Drive-In was opened on March 14, 1950. It was located at Firestone Boulevard at Atlantic Avenue, and was operated by Berman Theatres, followed by Alladin Theatres and from 1956 by Pacific Theatres. It was closed in 1979 screening regular movies. From November 4, 1979 it went over to screening Spanish language movies.

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kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 8:45 pm

“Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox” was playing at the drive-in back in March 1976, per this LA Times ad:

kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 8:49 pm

If you enter the address on this site, you can see the drive-in back in 1972 and the 1950s. It was set back from Firestone Boulevard, as I suspected.

kencmcintyre on February 18, 2010 at 7:39 pm

“Hell Squad” was playing at the South Gate in October 1958:

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm

It was a rather large Drive-in parking 850 cars and the SOUTH GATE DRIVE-In was owned by ALADDIN DRIVE-IN THEATRE INC. All this in 1956.

TLSLOEWS on July 6, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Nice photo of the screen tower ken mc.

jblewis17 on July 30, 2014 at 6:22 pm

I graduated from South Gate High in 1954. I took my girlfriend to the drive in in 1952, in my 1938 Chey coupe. I only went there a few times because she became an usher at the Vogue, and I was always let in for free when she was working. Fond memories of South Gate. I new was torn down in the 80’s, but I don’t remember what year.

rivest266 on October 12, 2019 at 12:59 pm

Tiny grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on March 15, 2021 at 12:18 pm

Started its Spanish-language policy on November 4th, 1979. Grand opening ad posted.

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