Tri-City Drive-In

25352 Redlands Boulevard,
Loma Linda, CA 92354

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Tri-City Drive-In

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

On November 28, 1949 it was 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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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.

Logan5 on June 13, 2017 at 6:22 pm

“The Rocketeer” was presented here in 35mm beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.

davidcoppock on July 23, 2017 at 6:40 am

This drive-in might be the drive-in seen in an episode of the tv series Chips(season 3, episode 6 – Return of the supercycle)?

DRIVEIN101 on September 14, 2018 at 6:41 am

First newspaper ad as Tri-City Drive-In (from the San Bernardino County Sun) was November 28, 1949

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