Covina Twin Drive-In

978 E. Arrow Highway,
Covina, CA 91724

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Covina Twin Drive-In at Arrow Highway and Grand Ave.

The Covina Drive-In was opened on December 18, 1959. It was twinned on May 23, 1965 and was still open in the mid-1970’s

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kencmcintyre on November 22, 2009 at 12:09 am

Here is an October 1960 item from the Los Angeles Times:

COVINA-Three elementary schools, a proposed school site, the Covina Drive-In Theater and the Los Angeles County Flood Control District settling basin have been annexed to the city, along with nine acres for a proposed housing development.

The initial acquisition, covering 105 acres, is the second largest annexation in the city’s history. The site is bounded by Covina Blvd., Citrus Ave., Arrow Highway and Grand Ave.

steveo on February 25, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I remember going this one, taking some of my “dates”.
It was a great place to see some flicks..I recal seeing Casino Royale there, Witchfinder General, Georgy Girl, and many others..
The 40’s 50’s and 60’s was a great time to go to drive ins..WIth the mal behavior of the public these days, I don’t think the drive in
is a viable thing…Sadly, nostalgically speaking – they died out, but again, I don’t think I would go to one in these times!

LebowskiT1000 on July 3, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Where was this theater located, I cannot seem to find it on Is the address correct? What is in it’s place now?

LebowskiT1000 on July 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Nevermind, I found it. On the corner of E. Arrow Highway and N. Grand Ave.

Anyone know roughly when this drive-in closed down?

lizrdbrth on August 28, 2013 at 1:46 am

I worked there from 1973-1974 or so. One of my job duties included what we called being the “late man”. The late man was last to leave and was tasked with turning off the speakers as people left in order to minimize complaints from neighbors. It was amazing just how far the sound from relatively few speakers left on would carry in the wee hours toward closing.

lizrdbrth on September 5, 2013 at 11:04 pm

If you’re trying to figure out the layout from the aerial picture, both screens faced east. The little shack in the east lot was the projection booth for Theatre 1. The snack bar, guard shack, restrooms and offices were in the long building between the two theatres and the projection booth for Theatre 2 was atop the snack bar. All traffic entered from Arrow Hwy. on the north side. It was owned by SRO (Sterling Recreation Organization) of Seattle as were several other theatres,race tracks and swap meets in the general area at the time.

NYozoner on January 14, 2015 at 12:06 am

Please update address to:

978 E Arrow Hwy, Covina, CA 91724

Backseater on June 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm

The Vista Pointe apartment complex was later built on the site. I lived there From September 2001 to June 2003.

MichaelKilgore on August 10, 2019 at 1:51 am

From BoxOffice, Jan. 4, 1960: “C. E. Langford opened the new Covina Drive-In, a 400-car situation, December 18. The drive-in is on Arrow highway and Grand avenue and has a large playground and a self-service snack bar. RCA equipment for the Covina was furnished by John C. Filbert Co. John Reynolds is manager of the new drive-in and Film Booking Service is doing the booking and buying.”

rivest266 on October 26, 2019 at 11:35 pm

Two screens on May 23rd, 1965

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