26653 Base Line Street,
26653 Base Line Street,Highland, CA 92346
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In a retrospective prompted by the Baseline’s arson, the July 30, 1989 San Bernardino County Sun wrote that the “Base Line showed its last picture show in 1988.” Which is weird, because that newspaper was including movie listings for the “Base Line” through at least May 11, 1989.
Were the fire vandals ever arrested and charged with arson and trespassing(and breaking and entering and theft?)?
That fire occurred the evening of July 27, 1989 just after 8:30 PM, reportedly caused by vandals.
Call me a Doubting Thomas, but I find it difficult to believe the drive in opened in 1948 without speakers and speaker poles.
What is there now?
When was the fire?
Was it known how the fire started?
October 15th, 1948 grand opening ad in photo section
Photo in Boxoffice maghazine, January 6, 1951:
Here is an aerial photo circa 1980:
Correction: It is East of Los Angeles.
This was THE DRIVE-IN to see a movie at in San Bernardino County, West of Los Angeles County. Nessled at the base of the massive San Berdoo mountains, the view within this beautifully manicured drive-in was spectacular.
Around 1981, I was working out of 110 in Chicago. I got a call from Business Agent Orr in San Bernardino, CA. He said he had been trying to track me down. Actually, it was his son who had first made contact with me. I immediately jumped in the car and drove there.
Homer, the district manager, welcomed me back, and I was in paradise. Having scrubed, cleaned and painted the entire projection room, I settled in for an unforgetable experience. Finally, at dusk while the view of the mountains was still visible behind the screen, I would turn-over that screaming generator and fire-up the carbon arc. Then, it was time to kill the preshow music and announce on the microphone, IT WAS SHOWTIME!