Tri-City Drive-In

25352 Redlands Boulevard,
Loma Linda, CA 92354

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The Drive-In opened August 20, 1939. It was closed in 1940. It reopened January 1, 1947.

By December 1, 1949 it had been renamed Tri-City Drive-In. The tower had a picture of a ski jumper. Some listings put the theatre in Redlands as well.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on August 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm

I’m surprised the land isn’t developed for other use yet. In THIS 1994 shot, the screen still looks to be there. Looks to be gone in mid to late 90’s.

kencmcintyre on August 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Here are 1983 and 1984 photos, respectively. San Berdoo would be the third of the tri-cities, along with Redlands and Loma Linda.

kencmcintyre on August 15, 2009 at 2:59 pm

This is from the Redlands Daily Facts, July 1952:

“Quo Vadis”, the story of the world’s most wicked empire and the love story of a pagan soldier and a beautiful Christian slave girl, starts tomorrow at the Tri-City Drive-In theatre, Highway 99 between Colton and Redlands. The Metro Goldwyn Mayer film stars Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr with a cast of thousands.

richjr37 on August 15, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I drove by there yesterday on the way back to Calimesa. Absolutely nothing remains of the drive-in. I can recall a lot of exploitation movies played here in the 1970s-80s.

kencmcintyre on August 15, 2009 at 4:10 pm

No wonder they called it Tri-City. No one seems to know where it was, specifically. The 1952 ad puts it between Colton and Redlands, but my question would be whether Loma Linda even existed as a city back then. If not, then the theater would have been in no mans land between the two cities mentioned in the ad.

richjr37 on August 15, 2009 at 5:55 pm

According to the history of Loma Linda:
it wasn’t until 1970 that this largely Seventh Day Adventist community became an incorparated city.

richjr37 on August 15, 2009 at 5:59 pm

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richjr37 on August 15, 2009 at 6:00 pm

dammit! well,it works anyway.

rivest266 on May 27, 2015 at 1:50 am

This opened as Drive-In on August 20th, 1939 and closed in 1940. Reopened on January 1st, 1947 and renamed Tri-City by December 1st, 1949. Grand opening ads in photo section.

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