Vineland Drive-In

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

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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.

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 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.

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 6:04 pm

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

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 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.

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 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.

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!

davidcoppock on January 12, 2021 at 7:15 am

This might be the drive-in theatre seen briefly in the movie “Herbie Fully Loaded”?

davidcoppock on February 12, 2020 at 5:51 am

Opened on 22/5/1981 on screen 1 with “Happy birthday to me” and “Friday the 13th part 2” and screen 2 with “Airplane” and “Popeye” and screen 3 with “Death hunt” and “Eye witness” and screen 4 with “The legend of The Lone Ranger” and “The increbible shrinkling women”.

rivest266 on November 23, 2019 at 4:03 pm

Reopened with 4 screens on May 22nd, 1981. Ad posted.

Kris4077 on November 1, 2019 at 9:33 am

Chips was awesome! Sometimes there would be scenes that had nothing to do with the plot like two hoodlums shooting up a car. I guess they had a time slot to fill and they came up short so someone on the set with no writing experience said hey why don’t we do a scene with two hoodlums shooting up a car it’ll be cool. One thing about digital projection is that you could actually show TV shows or have video game nights.

davidcoppock on November 1, 2019 at 8:32 am

This might be the same drive-in seen briefly in an episode of the tv series “Chips”(season 5, episode 11 – Concours d'Elegance). You briefly see the Pacific Theatres logo on the back of a screen near the end of the episode, while the first of the two(drunk?) Guys after their cars crashs upside down, is being arrested by the character played by Bruce Jenner.

rivest266 on October 19, 2019 at 12:03 pm

Better quality grand opening ad and aerial posted.

davidcoppock on October 19, 2018 at 2:11 am

Opened with a Walt Disney Carnival and “20000 leagues under the sea”

davidcoppock on October 11, 2018 at 2:59 am

Screen 1 replaced in 2003.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on December 6, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Technalight was an enhanced lamphouse for the 35mm projection system that greatly increased the amount of light emitted from the projector. This was particularly important at a Drive-In where ambient light around/behind the screens would wash out the projected image making dark scenes difficult to view. I believe once everybody converted to digital projection it improved image quality even more, making Technalight irrelevant/obsolte. Ambient light continues to be a challenge for most Drive-Ins that aren’t isolated or on the outskirts of town.

davidcoppock on December 6, 2017 at 1:46 am

What is Technalight?

Logan5 on October 9, 2014 at 10:29 pm

“The Rocketeer” was presented here beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

The Vineland is now featuring digital projection on all 4 screens. Needless to say, visibility has improved by leaps and bounds!

Permanently resting inside its concession stand is one of the old film projectors to remind everyone of the “good old days of 35MM!”

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I still come here every Summer on the regular. With 4 of us in our family, it’s the cheapest way to see 2 first run flicks for the price of a 1 MATINEE! Having said that, I’m sorry to report that the presentation of films is declining. Whatever maintenance that needs to happen regarding Technalight is not happening. Picture is darker and blurrier than it should be on most nights.

They did upgrade their FM transmitters so the sound isn’t as bad as it used to be. They upgraded the Men’s restroom too with the new waterless toilets (hopefully they maintain them properly…without regular maintenance, those things can get STINKY!). They still need to upgrade the lots and paint the screens. But it’s still the only (LEGIT) drive-in in LA County (no HD projectors showing old DVD’s on the sides of abandoned office buildings). For that reason alone, the place still gets my support.

kencmcintyre on December 21, 2009 at 10:03 am

This was seen on the 605 freeway on Saturday.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 6, 2009 at 4:57 pm

The Vineland was the 26th drive-in opened by Pacific. The April 16, 1955, issue of Boxoffice said that it had opened on the 15th.