Mt. Baldy Drive-In

3515 N. White Avenue,
La Verne, CA 91750

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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres, Mann Theatres, National General Theatres

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Clearer version of the 1973 photo via Dirk Dabel.

The Mt. Baldy Drive-In was located off of N. White Avenue, where the Post Office currently exists. It opened June 8, 1960 with Ernie Kovacs in “Wake Me When It’s Over” & Jerry Lewis in “Visit to a Small Planet. In the summer of 1961 it was taken over by Fox West Coast Theatres. It was closed on January 3, 1984 with Gene Hackman in "Uncommon Valor” & Richard Pryor in “Some Kind of Hero”.

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Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

DavidZornig on May 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

My source was Dirk Dabel via Facebook. But I just did another TinEye reverse image search, and it appears it was used on a 1994 CD release by a band called The Undertoad. They were represented by Extablishment which still exists. Below is a link to their website’s licensing page. Most likely for music licensing requests, but you could ask them about the photo.

MichaelKilgore on August 12, 2019 at 7:26 am

So far, the only place I’ve seen the Mt. spelled out is this note in the March 28, 1960 issue of Boxoffice: “The Mount Baldy Drive-In, to be located at 3515 North Lincoln Ave., will be built this spring by Walter G. Long & Associates. The drive-in will be designed for 1,200 cars and will require an investment of around $200,000.”

MichaelKilgore on January 27, 2020 at 11:24 am

Here’s one more spelled-out mention, from the Aug. 14, 1961 issue of Boxoffice: “Cecil Carlton will continue to manage the Mount Baldy Drive-In in La Verne, which has been acquired by Fox West Coast Theatres. … FWC leased the drive-in from the Mount Baldy Drive-In Theatre Corp. in accordance with recent federal court aprpoval for the acquisition.”

rivest266 on March 27, 2021 at 2:51 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

MichaelKilgore on July 8, 2021 at 8:30 am

For some reason, the Mt. Baldy’s ad continued to call its opening weekend a “Grand Opening,” but opening night was June 8, 1960.

Mt. Baldy Drive-In grand opening adMt. Baldy Drive-In grand opening ad 08 Jun 1960, Wed Progress-Bulletin (Pomona, California)

MichaelKilgore on August 11, 2021 at 9:52 am

Boxoffice, July 1990: “Larry Jacobs, former owner of the Eagle Rock Theatre in Eagle Rock, Calif., died at the age of 43. He was the former owner of a theatre in Bell, Calif., as well as drive-ins in Ventura and Mount Baldy. He came to the Los Angeles area from New York while working for Pacific Concessions.”

50sSNIPES on August 4, 2023 at 3:45 pm

Closed on January 3, 1984 with “Uncommon Valor” and “Some Kind Of Hero”.

aabaca on August 4, 2023 at 5:41 pm

I was the very last projectionist at that theatre. That job helped pay for expenses while attending college. My name is Adam B. I hope anyone who used to work with me might send me a note. I would love to hear from you. It was a fun place.

Jamey_monroe45 on August 28, 2023 at 2:13 pm

The address above is incorrect. This theatre was further south.

The La Verne post office is at 3355 N White Ave, La Verne, CA 91750.

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