12450 Balsam Road,
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Previously operated by: Western Amusement Company Inc.
The Victorville Daily Press says that Jack Baldock, who at one time or another operated five of the theatres in Victorville, opened this single screen drive-in in 1973. It became a two-screen ozoner on July 1, 1981. Baldock’s company, Western Amusements, also operated other theaters in the West.
Baldock, a prominent local businessman, who passed away in 2002 at the age of 88, was a theatre veteran, having worked in eight different theatres by the age of 16.
The exact closing date hasn’t been determined but for the curious, the drive-in was located in an area behind where Wal-Mart is located, serving as its parking lot. By 2023 it was a parking lot for an Amazon distribution Center.
Memorabilia of some of the theatres in Victorville can be seen at the Victorville Route 66 museum.
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