Baseline Drive-In

26653 Base Line Street,
Highland, CA 92346

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres

Architects: William Glenn Balch, Louis L. Bryan

Firms: Balch & Bryan

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Baseline Drive-In

The old address when it opened was 1785 Baseline, Highland, CA. The Baseline Drive-In opened October 15, 1948 with Lucille Ball & Franchot Tone in “Her Husband’s Affairs”. It had a capacity for 750 cars and outdoor seating for 300 walk-in patrons. This was Pacific Theatres flagship theatre for San Bernardino county, and yes, it was a drive-in. Inside the screen itself were housed the district offices.

Palm trees had once surrounded the entire drive-in, and the peaks of the San Bernardino mountains could be seen behind the screen. There were neither speakers nor speaker poles; the sound was broadcasted and patrons would tune-in on their car radios to hear the movie. It was closed May 11, 1989 with Michael Keaton in “The Dream Team” & Chevy Chase in “Fletch Lives”.

Sadly, the massive screen and the offices it housed caught fire started by vandals on July 27, 1989, and that was the end of this treasure.

Contributed by Meredith Rhule

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

rivest266 on May 27, 2015 at 1:46 am

October 15th, 1948 grand opening ad in photo section

davidcoppock on December 28, 2017 at 8:21 am

Was it known how the fire started?

JAlex on December 29, 2017 at 8:44 am

Call me a Doubting Thomas, but I find it difficult to believe the drive in opened in 1948 without speakers and speaker poles.

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on September 14, 2018 at 7:01 am

That fire occurred the evening of July 27, 1989 just after 8:30 PM, reportedly caused by vandals.

davidcoppock on October 5, 2018 at 9:56 pm

Were the fire vandals ever arrested and charged with arson and trespassing(and breaking and entering and theft?)?

MichaelKilgore on February 6, 2023 at 8:19 am

In a retrospective prompted by the Baseline’s arson, the July 30, 1989 San Bernardino County Sun wrote that the “Base Line showed its last picture show in 1988.” Which is weird, because that newspaper was including movie listings for the “Base Line” through at least May 11, 1989.

Jamey_monroe45 on July 24, 2023 at 7:44 pm

Now Cunningham park and neighborhood.

Please update.

Jamey_monroe45 on July 24, 2023 at 7:44 pm

Now Cunningham park and neighborhood.

Please update.

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