Paramount Drive-In Theatres

7770 Rosecrans Avenue,
Paramount, CA 90723

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Roadium Drive-In, Paramount Drive-In

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 562.630.7469

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Paramount Drive-In Theatres

Opened on May 21, 1948 by the Modern Amusement Co. as the Roadium Drive-In, when this south Los Angeles area was known as Clearwater. A second screen was added on April 28, 1971. This drive-in was closed on February 21, 1989 with Keanu Reeves in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” & Michelle Pheiffer in “Married to the Mob”. It was used as a swap-meet for many years.

The Paramount Drive-In Theatres was renovated and reopened April 18, 2014.

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Recent comments (view all 27 comments)

DavidZornig on April 17, 2014 at 9:12 pm

04/15/14 article about the Paramount.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 26, 2014 at 9:58 am

First time visit was last night (where I was welcomed with a TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR in the middle of the flick!). Considerably smaller than the other 4 LA area accessible D/I’s, but clean, well staffed and yummy popcorn. Digital projection is nice and bright and no static interference from the FM radio sound.

Once more folks realize that this spot has reopened, it’s going to be a MONSTER! Heck, with a little reconstruction of their surrounding perimeter walls, they can fit another screen! Maybe 2 more!

KenLayton on April 26, 2014 at 10:59 am

Are they open 7 days a week or just Fri-Sat-Sun right now?

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 26, 2014 at 5:35 pm

7 days a week. All the LA accessible D/I’s run 7 days a week.

davidcoppock on February 5, 2017 at 6:23 am

This could be the drive-in seen at begining of “Mission Impossible”(season 1, episode 28 – The Psychic), where Dan Briggs(Steven Hill) driving into the drive-in to get audio message from the drive-in speaker and photos and instructions waiting for him behind the drive-in speaker on the post. There was no sign to show the name of the drive-in theatre, but it’s the nearest drive-in to the old Desilu Studios(taken over by Paramount Studios in 1967, the same year as the episode). There was one(or maybe films seen on the(marquee?) on top of the ticket booths as Dan Briggs drove in the drive-in theatre.

MichaelKilgore on February 5, 2017 at 1:41 pm

DavidZ, thanks for the article link. It says the place opened as the Paramount, but don’t be fooled. Every contemporary reference I’ve seen calls it the Roadium. The article mentions that “it shut down in 1992,” so that might be a good closing date.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney on August 6, 2018 at 8:48 pm

The correct address for this drive-in is 7770 Rosecrans, Paramount, CA 90723

rivest266 on October 22, 2019 at 3:55 pm

There were two Roadium Drive-Ins, 2400 Redondo Beach in Torrance, which opened on September 8th, 1950 and this location opening as Roadium Drive-In on May 21st, 1948 and renamed Paramount Drive-In on July 13th, 1961 to avoid confusion.

rivest266 on November 4, 2019 at 2:42 pm

2nd screen opened on April 28th, 1971.

MichaelKilgore on April 24, 2020 at 11:55 am

Boxoffice, Dec. 4, 1948: “Modern Amusement, Inc., staged the grand opening of its new Roadium Drive-In in Clearwater on Thanksgiving day. Joseph S. Bianchi heads the ozoner company”

But the LA Times' movie roundup ad included the Roadium in Clearwater on May 21, 1948, showing Cheyenne and Out of the Blue. I don’t know why it waited half a year to hold a grand opening.

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