Covina Twin Drive-In

1034 E. Arrow Highway,
Covina, CA 91722

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lizrdbrth
lizrdbrth on September 5, 2013 at 6:04 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.

lizrdbrth
lizrdbrth on August 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm

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.

LebowskiT1000
LebowskiT1000 on July 3, 2012 at 2:58 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?

LebowskiT1000
LebowskiT1000 on July 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm

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

steveo
steveo on February 25, 2011 at 11:46 am

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!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 21, 2009 at 7:09 pm

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.

mhansen52
mhansen52 on March 10, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Carload prices, my girlfriend’s trusty VW Van filled with kids and a triple feature of Andy Warhol’s Dracula, Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein and Texas Chainsaw Massacre… Warm So. Cal. Summer night. Those were the days!

sameegrl
sameegrl on July 26, 2008 at 5:56 pm

The Covina Twin didn’t have the playground, that was the Azusa Foothill Drive-In, had a feeling I had mixed the two up.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 26, 2008 at 4:50 pm

The status should be changed to closed/demolished.

sameegrl
sameegrl on July 26, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Oh man, do I remember going here! It was the local “hot spot” for the kids when I was a teenager. I remember going here as a kid with my parents…it had a playground I think, though I may be confusing it with the drive-in in Azusa, CA, which wasn’t too terribly far from this one.
Sadly, either condos or townhomes sit on the drive-in’s site today.