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Baseline Drive-In

26653 Base Line Street,
Highland, CA 92346

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Baseline Drive-In

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The old address when it opened was 1785 Baseline, Highland, CA. The Baseline Drive-In opened October 15, 1948 with Lucille Ball & Franchot Tone in “Her Husband’s Affairs”. It had a capacity for 750 cars and outdoor seating for 300 walk-in patrons. This was Pacific Theatres flagship theatre for San Bernardino county, and yes, it was a drive-in. Inside the screen itself were housed the district offices.

Palm trees had once surrounded the entire drive-in, and the peaks of the San Bernardino mountains could be seen behind the screen. There were neither speakers nor speaker poles; the sound was broadcasted and patrons would tune-in on their car radios to hear the movie. It was closed May 11, 1989 with “Dream Team” & “Fletch Lives”.

Sadly, the massive screen and the offices it housed caught fire, and that was the end of this treasure.

Contributed by Meredith Rhule

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Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on August 9, 2005 at 9:06 am

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!

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on August 11, 2005 at 3:53 am

Correction: It is East of Los Angeles.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 24, 2010 at 4:14 am

Photo in Boxoffice maghazine, January 6, 1951:
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rivest266 on May 27, 2015 at 1:46 am

October 15th, 1948 grand opening ad in photo section

davidcoppock on December 28, 2017 at 8:21 am

Was it known how the fire started?

JAlex on December 29, 2017 at 8:44 am

Call me a Doubting Thomas, but I find it difficult to believe the drive in opened in 1948 without speakers and speaker poles.

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