2400 Hamner Avenue,
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The 1,000-car Crest Drive-In, managed by SWP Associates, a group of independent investors, opened on December 20, 1968 with “The Sound Of Music". The Corona Daily Independent said it was “Set in a natural amphitheatre encircled by eucalyptus, palm and cypress tree". The report said that it was one of the first theaters in Southern California to install Xenon, the latest equipment for projection.
In the early-1970’s it was listed in the Daily Independent as a National General Theatre and then dropped out of the Mann Theatre listings in the Los Angeles Times in December of 1977. It appears it became an independent after that because it doesn’t show up in any of the chain theater advertisements.
On June 27, 1985 the Crest Drive-In turned up again in the Times. The report said that two men described as in their early-20’s held up the ticket booth at the Crest Drive-In Theater on the west side of Hamner Avenue, taking more than $200 and the attendant’s car, a 1977 Datsun worth $1,500.
The Crest Drive-In was listed in the International Motion Picture Almanac through 1988 as independently operated by R. Cornwell.
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