Vermont Drive-In

S. Vermont Avenue and W. 177th Street,
Gardena, CA 90248

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Vermont Drive-In

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Opened in 1944 as a single screen drive-in, the Vermont Drive-In was triplexed in the 1970’s and was operated by Pacific Theatres, finally by Edwards Cinemas. It was demolished in 1999.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre on April 3, 2009 at 9:46 am

There are some interesting aerial views on this site. You can see that in 1972 there was one screen facing Vermont, but in the 1980 photo the screens have been moved as it was then a triplex. Also in the 1972 photo you can see the Ascot race track a few blocks to the south. Enter the theater address to see the photos.
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kencmcintyre on November 14, 2009 at 9:13 am

Here is a larger version of the photo at the top of the page:

richjr37 on November 14, 2009 at 11:57 am

The Vermont was never an Edwards drive-in to my knowledge,it had always been an Aladdin/Pacific drive-in.

kencmcintyre on February 6, 2010 at 11:55 am

The Vermont was on the cover of Boxoffice magazine in October 1947:

JeanDeaux on March 2, 2010 at 11:36 am

@ JustOldBob……dude, you remember the swings?! I remember playing on the swings and see-saw in my pj’s just as dusk was setting in…then we settled to see one of the scariest movies ever. “JAWS”…I saw Jaws @ the Vermont when I was about 8 years old…traumatized for life.

Good times.

MrWillM on March 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm

The Vermont was my favorite Make-Out spot in the 60s. What I found that ushers usually did at Drive-Ins was butt-in on that activity.

My most vivid memory of the Vermont was being there with a Girl one night in my almost Brand-New 1965 Corvair Corsa. Two drunks pulled into the next spot and proceeded to bump me with their door as they got the speaker. When I asked the driver to be careful, he said “Sure, Pal” and whacked it again. A little later, when both went to the snackbar, I got a Ballpean hammer out of my trunk and whacked their front fender a few times. Then, I quickly left.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on December 28, 2010 at 1:35 pm

LOL on the makeout story! I had a hot and heavy incident at the Vermont once myself…only saw the closing credits of both movies of our double feature. GOOD TIMES!

Nobody busted me…or dinged the door of my car, either. :)

jwmovies on December 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Above address does not map properly. Use S Vermont Ave & W 177th St (Although W 177th St. @ this intersection did not exist when the drive-in was up & running.

This intersection was where screen 3 was located.

W. 177th & Budlong was where screen 2 was located.

Screen 1 was diagonal and across from screen 3.

The entrance & original screen were located between what is now Amethyst & Ruby.

Ericsudeth on November 21, 2013 at 10:38 am

I worked at the Vermont in 1987 trained in management after working there one month. Ushers helped direct traffic out, helped assist locating restroomsand kept people from staying parked after the movie was over because it was a liability hazard to let people stay parked after hour. Ushers also carried a portable battery pack to jump start cars that had a dead battery.

     Vermont had many things about it that most  people didn't know, like that theatre was Michael and Jerome Foremans only theatre that all the monies made their went into their personal bank account, pacific use to own Baskin Robbins, the Giant, Ralphs and tons more businesses. Pacific use to own everything on N.Robertson Blvd. In LA. I keep saying use to because I don't know currently what they own. A theatre chain called Syoofy (sic) mainly in Arizona was owened by an Asian guy who pacific helped him start the theatre, I'm sure pacific had shares or interest in the movie theatre. All L.A.  pacific theatre hourly employees belonged to the Actors Guild union and yes some of these are general facts not just about Vermont. 
                     I closed the Torrance Drive Inn in 198 last movie shown was Moon Struck with Cher, I also worked the Los Altos, Studio, Centinela and a few others.  Pacific was a great company to work for in the 1980s and I miss it.  
Yehith1 on July 21, 2015 at 11:52 am

hi my name is steve combs i use to work at a vermont drive-in . as a snackbar and cleaner person. that was back in 1980 – 1990. i remember a manager name steve oh man he is a good manager,i miss him wish i stay in gardena. but i came to springfield,Mo, i made a misstake. can anyone tell what happen to steve ,needs to know.

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