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July 11, 1997
Demolition of Orange County's last remaining drive-in movie theater, Hi-way 39, continued Thursday to make way for a Wal-Mart shopping plaza. The theater, built in the 1950s, was remodeled in 1979 and had four movie screens at the height of its success. It was owned by Pacific Theaters Realty Corp., which is the developer of the Wal-Mart project.
Weekend gang shootings at theaters showing the movie "Angel Town" prompted at least one local drive-in to pull the film, authorities said Sunday. "Angel Town," which stars Theresa Saldana and Olivier Gruner, is the tale of a former kick boxer who moves in with a family living in gang territory.
February 24, 1990
One man was wounded by gunfire and several others injured when rival gang members clashed Friday night at the Pacific Highway 39 Drive-in Theater during a screening of "Angel Town," a movie that depicts gang violence in Los Angeles. The identification and condition of the wounded man, who was rushed to the UCI Medical Center in Orange, was not immediately available. Westminster Police Lt. Bob Burnett said a brawl started during the movie.
January 5, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Touted as a first for Hong Kong, the Drive-In movie theater was set to open its doors Thursday, banking that locals in the densely populated city will appreciate a rare break from congested surroundings and a taste of Americana. Backed by an anonymous foreign businessman, the Drive-In features two screens and 200 parking spots. There is also some fixed seating for walk-in viewers.
August 7, 1989 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
The twilight sky was rapidly turning black when Kirk Hansen glanced at his watch. It was nearly 8:30 p.m.--show time at the Winnetka Drive-In. Within a few minutes, the six screens around the perimeter of the 2,200-car complex in Chatsworth flickered with images like giant television sets. Young couples cuddled in pickup trucks, parents dressed their toddlers in pajamas and pet owners walked their dogs as the shows began.
January 18, 1990 | GREG HERNANDEZ
The chill of a cold January night didn't discourage the movie-goers who began lining up outside the Hi-Way 39 Drive-In more than an hour before dusk. As it has since the drive-in theater opened in 1955, the crowd included families in station wagons, young couples on dates and teen-agers crowded into cars. By the time "Back to the Future, Part II" appeared on the screen, the drive-in was packed. But the scene, repeated nightly for 35 years, eventually might be history.
June 16, 2005 | Zan Dubin Scott, Special to The Times
Poodle skirts, ponytails and bobby socks. Half a century has passed, but pop culture seems to have deemed the 1950s the decade that won't fade. And that's cool with bandleader Michael Cohn, who's been beating the drum for Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and the like for 30 years. "I grew up during that time," Cohn says, "and looking back, it's a fun kind of music. People really love to listen to it and dance to it."
February 25, 1990
Fearing a repeat of a Friday night brawl that led to the wounding of an 18-year-old suspected gang member, the manager of a Westminster drive-in theater Saturday canceled the weekend showings of a newly released movie that depicts Latino gang life in Los Angeles. "We will not be playing it until further notice," said Joan Ruth, manager of the Hi-Way Drive-In.
May 28, 1995 | Chris Willman, Chris Willman is a regular contributor to Calendar
For most outdoor enthusiasts, a perfect sunset at the end of a Santa Ana Wind-swept evening is inher ently just a little sad, like a beautifully etched death to the day, heaven's last call to humankind to pack up the picnic and move indoors. At the drive-in, though, a dusk this ideal is nature's way of saying, "Showtime."
Grieving relatives and friends of Irene Franco, the 20-year-old woman who was brutally raped and murdered after being kidnaped from a Carson drive-in last week, cried out for the arrests of her killers Friday at church services in which she was called an "innocent martyr." "I want justice," sobbed Luisa Franco, an aunt of the slain woman who came from the Mexican town of Tepatitlan, near Guadalajara. "I want justice."
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