Valley Drive-In

10477 Central Avenue,
Montclair, CA 91763

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Valley Drive-In

Located in Montclair and known for its large neon mural and caged monkeys next to the playground. It was opened on April 14, 1948 with Rod Cameron in “Panhandle” & “Climbing the Matterhorn”. The monkeys were added in 1949. It was closed on September 11, 1977 and demolished on November 17, 1977. It was replaced with a Dodge dealer in 1980.

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sameegrl
sameegrl on July 26, 2008 at 11:48 pm

My mom thinks this place might have been on Holt, does anyone know exactly where? I went there as a kid, but can’t really remember it.
There is a pic of it here.
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 26, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Here is a 1952 photo. I think the placard says Holt Boulevard and Central Avenue.
http://tinyurl.com/6rt8fl

sameegrl
sameegrl on July 27, 2008 at 12:00 am

Wow, thanks! You’d never even know driving through there that there was ever a grand drive-in like this there…how sad.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 28, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 10477 Central Ave. While the entrance was the car dealership, most of the drive-in is now Saratoga Park behind this.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 27, 2021 at 8:31 pm

The Valley Drive-In opened on April 14th, 1948 with “Panhandle” and “Climbing the Matterhorn”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on May 10, 2021 at 5:49 pm

Here’s a fun AP wire story, dateline Ontario, Calif., so it probably refers to the Valley. (It ran in the Dec. 17, 1963 Joplin (MO) News Herald.)

“A drive-in theater is short two essential items today - cash and popcorn. Detectives said burglars covered floors and concrete walks with popcorn kernels to make things easier when they wheeled out a 350-poiunts safe containing $6,000 from the theater office. The kernels acted like ball bearings.”

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