Vermont Drive-In

S. Vermont Avenue and W. 182nd Street,
Gardena, CA 90248

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres

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Vermont Drive-In

Opened by Pacific Theatres on October 23, 1947 with Jane Caulfield in “Dear Ruth” & Paul Kelly in “Fear in the Night”. It was a single screen drive-in. The Vermont Drive-In was triplexed in the 1970’s. It was closed and demolished in 1999.

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jwmovies on December 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Above address does not map properly. Use S Vermont Ave & W 177th St (Although W 177th St. @ this intersection did not exist when the drive-in was up & running.

This intersection was where screen 3 was located.

W. 177th & Budlong was where screen 2 was located.

Screen 1 was diagonal and across from screen 3.

The entrance & original screen were located between what is now Amethyst & Ruby.

Ericsudeth on November 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I worked at the Vermont in 1987 trained in management after working there one month. Ushers helped direct traffic out, helped assist locating restroomsand kept people from staying parked after the movie was over because it was a liability hazard to let people stay parked after hour. Ushers also carried a portable battery pack to jump start cars that had a dead battery.

     Vermont had many things about it that most  people didn't know, like that theatre was Michael and Jerome Foremans only theatre that all the monies made their went into their personal bank account, pacific use to own Baskin Robbins, the Giant, Ralphs and tons more businesses. Pacific use to own everything on N.Robertson Blvd. In LA. I keep saying use to because I don't know currently what they own. A theatre chain called Syoofy (sic) mainly in Arizona was owened by an Asian guy who pacific helped him start the theatre, I'm sure pacific had shares or interest in the movie theatre. All L.A.  pacific theatre hourly employees belonged to the Actors Guild union and yes some of these are general facts not just about Vermont. 
                     I closed the Torrance Drive Inn in 198 last movie shown was Moon Struck with Cher, I also worked the Los Altos, Studio, Centinela and a few others.  Pacific was a great company to work for in the 1980s and I miss it.  
Yehith1 on July 21, 2015 at 1:52 pm

hi my name is steve combs i use to work at a vermont drive-in . as a snackbar and cleaner person. that was back in 1980 – 1990. i remember a manager name steve oh man he is a good manager,i miss him wish i stay in gardena. but i came to springfield,Mo, i made a misstake. can anyone tell what happen to steve ,needs to know.

Steve504 on January 1, 2018 at 2:48 pm

hello i remember i work at the vermont drive-in in 1980-1991 when i work there . and in 1994 i went to missouri and live with an aunt jesie paxton at 1051 s. golden ave in springfield, mo. and i live at a skilled care center And the lodges 2401 w. grand st in springfield, mo.

rivest266 on February 4, 2018 at 1:42 pm

This opened on October 24th, 1947. Article:

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dansdriveintheater on October 23, 2018 at 1:35 am

it appears one of the screens and the marquee still remain!

davidcoppock on October 23, 2018 at 7:12 am

Opened with “Dear Ruth” and “Fear in the night”. Site is now houses. There was also a swap meet on the drive-in site. 900 cars. Spanish subtitles.Closed in 1999.

Kenmore on November 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm

It looks like the entire drive-in is now housing with nothing remaining.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on January 10, 2019 at 7:39 pm

Yep. Whole thing’s been torn down with no remains for about 20 years now.

MichaelKilgore on June 19, 2019 at 9:03 am

The Oct. 22, 1949 issue of BoxOffice reported that Arnoldo Rubio and his brother had painted a 45x65-foot color mural on “the front of the entrance building” of the Vermont. “Rubio painted the figures of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, while his brother worked on backgrounds.” At that time, the Vermont also added a playground with an attendant “on duty at all times”.

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