Vineland Drive-In

443 N. Vineland Avenue,
City of Industry, CA 91746

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres

Functions: Movies (Classic)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 626.961.9262

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The Vineland Drive-In - NOW featuring Digital Projection on all screens!

I didn’t know we had an open drive-in in the Los Angeles area, and ran across this one! What a treasure! I think it’s great to enjoy a pastime (almost) gone by. I’ve never been to the Vineland Drive-In, but will be driving up soon.

Pacific Theatres opened the Vineland Drive-In on April 15, 1955 with James Mason in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”. It has a car capacity of 1,700. It became a 4-screen theatre on May 22, 1981.

It was closed on March 17, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was announced on April 13, 2021 that the closure would be permanent in all Pacific/ArcLight theatres, but as the Vineland Drive-In was already open, it stayed open. It was closed on October 2, 2022 at the end of season. It reopened for the 2023 season only operating on Saturday evenings screening recent classic movies. The flea market continues to operate.

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Recent comments (view all 43 comments)

marcdw on July 9, 2021 at 7:58 am

Excuse my tardiness. I’m slow to check my emails.

Nationwide Theatres has always been the one that “signs our checks” so to speak. That hasn’t changed. One change I did notice awhile back in the Paylocity app is the addition of Decurion Management Company (sounds like a downgrade from Corporation. :-) ). No, the drive-in hasn’t been sold or transferred or anything like that.

We’ve been in the process of removing Pacific Theaters branding where possible. I made new DCPs with Vineland branded feature presentation and coming soon items for the screen.

Downside to all of this is we can’t yet get any good films from the big studios at the moment. Lionsgate, A24 - yeah. Disney, Sony, Warner - nope. Maybe due to the fact Pacific owes everyone.

Cool side note. We rented out the property to Fox recently. One of the trailers to the new season of American Horror Stories shows scenes shot at the Vineland.

R Norenberg
R Norenberg on July 14, 2021 at 6:03 am

@marcdw Thanks it’s great to hear from you, as you can see from the date on my post I’m not always quick either. I’m actually much more knowledgeable with United Theatres, the company the Foreman’s once ran in Washington. And for United theatre, a company called Pacific Services signed the checks as you put it. That’s my only connection. Yes I bet getting movies will be more of a challenge both because of what’s owed, but also for right now at least there’s only one theater in your network. I don’t know if the film companies still do this but at least in the old days, they always seemed to favor companies with more screens.

R Norenberg
R Norenberg on September 26, 2022 at 2:14 am

According to the website the Vineland will close for the seasons Sunday October 2nd. I thought the Vineland ran year around anyone know if the swap meet will continue? I remember back in the old days Pacific use to close drive ins for the season and just not reopen them. @marcdw, you have any knowledge on the future?

marcdw on September 26, 2022 at 11:03 am

Yes. Sadly, the drive-in will be closing next Sunday. We got the word last week. The swap meet will remain open as it does pretty good business.

From what I gather they plan or hope to maybe open next summer.

Business is not great at the moment. Have only a few big(ish) studio providers (Sony, Lionsgate, A24) which really isn’t enough to bring in the crowds. Not enough family stuff IMO. Expenses vs returns I’m sure is not good.

We’ll see what the future holds. I enjoy being the projectionist and creating digital cinema packages for the screen these past years. Guess I’ll be back at the swap meet for the time being.

Mikeoaklandpark on September 26, 2022 at 8:51 pm

Update status to open since it is still open and going to close for the season as of right now

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on June 4, 2023 at 3:39 am

Clearly not re-opening for first-run this summer, but they are running what is being called “Pacific Theatres Summer Movie Series” (the first reemergence of the Pacific brand post-bankruptcy!?) every Saturday starting June 17th with “The Pope’s Exorcist.” None of the other films are listed yet but check back here:

CTCrouch on June 4, 2023 at 8:50 am

I wonder if the “Summer Movie Series” is a soft relaunch/test run or merely meeting a base legal requirement to maintain permits, tax classification, etc. as an active cinema?

Mikeoaklandpark on June 5, 2023 at 8:34 pm

Are they using all 4 screens?

Fanofcomedy on November 9, 2023 at 4:39 am

Will Vineland be opening seasonal every year with or without 1st run movies, or will they pick up where they left off before covid/pacific theater bankruptsy, or will they shutdown completley like the other drive ins??? Any info please

marcdw on November 10, 2023 at 9:10 am

At the moment I am not sure. Haven’t been given any information about the future. However, I have been tasked with maintaining and test-running the projectors monthly. That does give me a glimmer of hope. Fingers crossed.

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