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mechmusicguy commented about La Habra Drive-In on Jul 20, 2009 at 10:06 pm

When I was a kid I lived within walking distance of this theater. My sister actually had a job at the concession stand for a while. I saw quite a few movies there in the 1970s. I remeber those big cast aluminum speakers you hung in the window. The quality was modest but it was very nostalgic.

There was an open drainage ditch that went along the back side by the school yard. Every once in a while we would find one of the speakers someone tore off and flung over the fence. I remeber taking one of them home where I took it apart. If I had bothered to collect and save them over the years I could have probably sold them for a small fortune on ebay today!

It was a sin when they tore it down. It was destroyed for a retail store which failed miserably and then closed. Now the building is boarded up and the parking lot is covered it weeds. A fat lot of good that did, so much for progress.

mechmusicguy commented about AMC Fashion Square 4 on Jul 20, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I grew up in the Euclid/Imperial Hwy area right up the street. The La Habra Fashion Square 4 was an institution in our family. I recall seeing many movies there. Among them I recall was “Young Frankenstein”,“Gorky Park”, “Blue Lagoon”, several Disney films, if I really think about it I’m sure I could come up with a long list. Sometimes after a movie we would go to the little “Fiddlers Three” restaurant right next door. It was a cute little family owned place with some reasonably good food.

I no longer live in California but one day on a business trip I was in the area and drove past and was shocked to see it was all gone. In fact the entire Fashion Square Mall was gone! It was never a great theater, average at best, but it made me sad to think of all the good times I had there. What was really tragic is when they tore down the La Habra Drive-In across the street. The neon out front was beautiful and it was all destroyed in vain. They built a Target store there which failed in that location and has been closed and boarded up for years now. So sad.