Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Balch and Bryan, Architects (firm); William Glenn Balch (architect)

Dates: constructed 1948

1 story

6201 West 3rd Street
Fairfax District, Los Angeles 90036

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This drive-in theatre was located on a valuable parcel of land owned by the Gilmore Family since the 1880s. Illinois famer Arthur Fremont Gilmore (1850-1918) migrated from IL to Los Angeles and, with a partner, bought 256 acres of land in the region near 3rd Avenue, Beverly Boulevard, and Fairfax Avenue. Early in the 1900s, the family found oil on the property, and the land supported derricks and an auto-racing track. By the 1930s and after World War II, the Gilmores opened a series of successful attractions including the Farmer's Market (1934), Gilmore Stadium (opened 1934), and this drive-in theatre (1948). The theatre could accommodate about 650 vehicles, and closed to the public in c. 1975.


The Gilmore Drive-In was razed c. 1980.

PCAD id: 21073