South Lamont Drive-In

11800 Main Street,
Lamont, CA 93241

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Architects: J. Arthur Drielsma

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South Lamont Drive-In

Opened in 1950, the South Lamont Drive-In was owned by Jim Banducci, who also operated theaters in the San Joaquin Valley towns of Arvin and Oildale.

Los Angeles architect J. Arthur Drielsma designed the theater to include a restaurant, located under the screen tower, which could serve both theater patrons and outside customers, who were provided with a separate parking lot. It was still open in 1966.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

kencmcintyre on May 21, 2009 at 6:38 pm notes that the theater was demolished to make way for a housing development.

jwmovies on December 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 11800 Main Street.

NYozoner on January 13, 2015 at 6:29 pm

I’m not 100% sure, but I think this may also have operated under the name Thunderbird Drive-In. Can anyone from the area confirm this?

MichaelKilgore on December 23, 2021 at 12:56 pm

Boxoffice, Nov. 14, 1966: “The Lamont Drive-In Theatre, Lamont, Calif., has been taken over by Cecil Carlton, who has been operating the Crest Drive-In, Bakersfield, for the past 15 years. Also in his chain are the Mount Baldy Drive-In, Pomona; Magnolia Drive-In, Riverside, and others in Arizona and California.”

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