|Photo by Mal Sharpe, 1973|
Due to our endlessly good weather, drive-In movies were very popular in Southern California. As a family, we frequented two drive-in theaters on a regular basis, the Studio Drive-In in Culver City and the Olympic Drive-In on Bundy and Olympic in West L.A. The Studio Drive-In existed up through the early 1990's. MY drive-in, The Olympic, was torn down in 1973. I call it MY drive-in, because this outdoor movie theater was closest to our neighborhood and was a very popular spot for dates when I was in high school and my early college years.
|1945, Photo from LAPL Archives|
The original WLA drive-in was located on Pico and Westwood (where the Westside Pavillon stands now), built in 1934.
|Original Location of WLA Drive-In on Pico and Westwood, 1930s. Photo, uncredited|
It moved from Pico to Olympic Boulevard and Bundy in the mid-1940s and was renamed the Olympic. The mural on the back of the screen that faced the street was of two surfers, a boy and a girl, riding a wave. I wonder who painted that mural?
|Aerial View, Olympic Drive-In, 1962. Photo by Howard D. Kelly|
The Olympic was torn down in 1973 and replaced by a Cadillac dealership. The sales building at the car dealership occupies the same footprint as the screen and concession stand where the old Olympic once stood. I can almost see those ridiculous "surfers" when I drive by. Sigh.
|Site of former Olympic Drive-In Theater, 2015. Google screen-shot|