Harbor Drive-In

3251 National City Boulevard,
National City, CA 91950

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Harbor Drive-In

Located in National City, to the north of Chula Vista and south of San Diego, CA. The Harbor Drive-In opened November 3, 1948 with June Haver in “Scudda Hoo!, Scudda Hay!” & Dennis Morgan in “Cheyenne”. Tom P. Hunnington was the original owner. By 1955 it was operated by Harbor Drive-In Corp. and Henry Slater. Sunday church services started in 1974. Due to some high tax liens, the swap meet helped cover the costs to keep the drive-in going. The swap meet later closed in 1999.

The Harbor Drive-In finally closed in 2003, “Spy Kids 3D” was one of the last films. The tower has been torn down and the lot now serves as a park and ride location.

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Drive-In 54 on April 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

The correct address is: E. 32nd St. & National City Blvd National City, CA, 91950

dallasmovietheaters on August 24, 2015 at 4:21 pm

This $250,000 ozoner launched November 3, 1949 by Tom Huntington of the Vogue and Seville Theatres. The 70' high and 150' wide tower was impressive.

MichaelKilgore on February 4, 2020 at 9:07 am

Boxoffice, Oct. 28, 1963: “Sam Russo of San Diego has taken over the Harbor Drive-In in Chula Vista.”

MichaelKilgore on April 24, 2020 at 10:20 am

Adding another name, Boxoffice, Nov. 6, 1948: “Lou Berman and Tommy Huntington opened the Harbor Drive-In in Chula Vista November 3.”

MichaelKilgore on June 8, 2021 at 9:48 am

According to Google Maps' city limits drawings, the Harbor site is actually in Chula Vista. Between 4th Avenue and San Diego Bay on the north side of the Sweetwater River, the Harbor’s outline is uniquely carved away from National City and retained by its neighbor to the south. Somebody did that on purpose.

Google Maps also uses National City as the site’s current mailing address, which means only that the 91950 post office services the site.

jwmovies on June 14, 2022 at 2:22 am

The snack bar still exists only now serves as an Amazon van depot!

The address for this former drive in is 3251 National City Blvd, National City, CA 91950. Please update. Fond memories. I can still envision the giant emerald screen and its green trimmings!😒☺😍

rivest266 on May 2, 2024 at 1:41 pm

The Harbor Drive-in opened on November 3rd, 1948 (not 1949). Grand opening ad posted.

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