Rubidoux Drive-In

3770 Opal Street,
Rubidoux, CA 92509

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Rubidoux Drive-In Theatre and Swap Meet (Official)

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Functions: Movies (First Run)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 951.683.4455

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The Rubidoux Drive-In opened November 4, 1948 with John Wayne in “Red River”. It had a capacity for 730 cars. Two new screens and a Sunday swap meet were added in the 1983, and there were plans to add another screen. It is operated by The De Anza Land and Leisure Corp., which also run the Van Buren Drive-In, in nearby Riverside.

These two drive-ins along with the Mission Drive-In in Montclair and Pacific’s Vineland Drive-In in the City of Industry are the four remaining Los Angeles-area drive-ins still showing movies. The Rubidoux Drive-In presents first-run double bills with FM sound in a well-maintained environment which includes a recently remodeled snack bar.

The swap meets have been so successful that they have now been extended to four days. The company has drive-ins and swap meets in other states, including the Redwood Drive-In in Salt Lake City and the Starlight Drive-In in Atlanta.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

chspringer on January 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm

This from Wikipedia: “As of the 2000 Census, Rubidoux is the largest unincorporated community in the Inland Empire and in Riverside County.”

joshvs on March 22, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I worked here in the early nineties, Menace to Society era, interesting crowds.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on January 29, 2013 at 1:42 pm

This drive-in is slated to convert to digital projection in 2013.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm

The Rubidoux Drive-In was the subject of a two-page article in Boxoffice of February 5, 1949. There are five photos and a floor plan of the concession-rest room building.

rivest266 on May 27, 2015 at 1:55 am

November 3rd, 1948 grand opening ad in photo section

DavidZornig on February 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Five 1949 photos added courtesy of the Americas Past In Photos Facebook page.

MichaelKilgore on February 26, 2020 at 9:09 am

Answering the question of why that name…

Boxoffice, April 24, 1948: “RIVERSIDE, CALIF. – Roy Hunt has announced plans to construct a new drive-in theatre, the Rubidoux, in West Riverside. The house takes its name from Mount Rubidoux, famed as the locale for Easter sunrise services.”

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on February 26, 2020 at 3:05 pm

Rubidoux is also the name of that particular area of Riverside.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 26, 2020 at 7:02 pm

Using the name Riverside still works to fetch this theater’s location in Google maps, but officially the area is now called Jurupa Valley. Here’s the rather old news from Wikipedia: “On March 8, 2011, voters of Rubidoux and adjoining towns passed Measure A by a 54% ‘Yes’ vote, to incorporate the areas of Mira Loma, Pedley, Rubidoux, Glen Avon, and Sunnyslope into the new city of Jurupa Valley. The effective date of incorporation was July 1, 2011.”

MichaelKilgore on December 21, 2021 at 1:32 pm

Boxoffice, June 27, 1953: “After a quarter-century in show business with her late husband, Mrs. Roy Hunt has sold her Rubidoux Drive-In near Riverside to the Sero Amusement Co., which takes over the property July 1.”

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