Vineland Drive-In

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

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres

Functions: Movies (First Run)

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.

Contributed by Randy Williams

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dansdriveintheater
dansdriveintheater on March 3, 2021 at 8:49 am

it is not listed on pacific theatre’s list of theatre’s is thie still owned by pacific theatres? just curious!

R Norenberg
R Norenberg on June 30, 2021 at 2:03 pm

@dansdriveintheater. Pacific theatres has folded. All locations have closed as their parent company filed chapter 7. Vineland Drive in is still operating. Who owns it I do not know, but all of the Pacific Theatre, branding on the drive ins website, and when you call them is gone, so I think, but do not know that it has been sold or ownership transferred. Hopefully more info will be coming.

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on June 30, 2021 at 7:46 pm

The Vineland was also part of Decurion’s “Pacific Swap Meets” division. As all three swap meet locations and their associated websites remain in business/operational, perhaps that division was spun off as an operation separate from the bankruptcy or taken over by a new management company.

R Norenberg
R Norenberg on July 1, 2021 at 11:00 pm

Since my last post I learned that the swap meet division and as CTCrouch noted, the Vineland appears to have been spud off to Robertson Properties, which is also a Foreman family owned company. Robertson Properties as the name soft of implies is a property and land development company. So who knows what the future will hold for the Vineland, but it looks like the family retains it. The RPO division has in the past operated drive ins but it’s never been long term, but who knows it might be now that Pacific is gone.

R Norenberg
R Norenberg on July 1, 2021 at 11:44 pm

As an additional note, and some of you might all ready know this. At one time the Forman family operated three theater companies. Pacific Theatres in California, United Theatres in Washington and Consolidated theatres in Hawaii. Known collectively as C.U.P. United Theatres was very slowly dismantled, starting in the 80’s with redevelopment of their drive in sites, and closure of the few hardtops they had in Washington. The last United theatre was the Valley Drive in, in Auburn, which closed in 2012. Consolidated theatre was sold off, but I’m not really sure when, if I had to guess early 2000’s. I would say that while Pacific Theatres ended in bankruptcy it to was largely dismantled as well. In 1981 they held 125 outdoor movie screens. They were down to just 24 indoor theatres and one drive in by 2002, and before bankruptcy were down to just 6 indoors and the Vineland. My point to all this, is that the Forman family was once a huge player in drive ins and movie theatres, and now the Vineland is the last one. That is unless of course they still have control of or gain control over any of their closed locations. Who knows.

R Norenberg
R Norenberg on July 3, 2021 at 6:04 pm

As an addendum to my previous comment: Consolidated Theatres was sold to Reading international in 2007.

kennerado
kennerado on July 3, 2021 at 8:53 pm

If you look on their careers page there is a mention of “Nationwide Theatres Corp”. Company information for this lists Christopher Forman as the key person so it looks like its still under that family’s ownership.

R Norenberg
R Norenberg on July 3, 2021 at 10:59 pm

Thanks for that. I just looked it up and I see they are listing jobs at the other swap meet locations under Nationwide as well so it looks like they did not go to RPG as I had previously thought. Also I see Nationwide is listed on Manta as having been formed in 1966, which makes me wonder what it’s done or what else has been under it’s banner for the past 55 years.

marcdw
marcdw on July 8, 2021 at 11:58 pm

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 13, 2021 at 10:03 pm

@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.

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