Foothill Drive-In

555 E. Foothill Boulevard,
Rialto, CA 92376

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Foothill Drive-In

The Foothill Drive-In opened March 6, 1948 with Robert Montgomery in “Ride the Pink Horse” and Tom Neal in “My Dog Shep”. Capacity was 675 cars. The Foothill Drive-In was closed on September 5, 1988 with Eddie Murphey in “Coming to America” & Bobcat Goldthwaite in “Hot to Trot”. It has been torn down and replaced by a shopping center.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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richjr37 on November 11, 2009 at 12:48 am

Pacific Theatres ran this drive-in until its closure in 1989. All the Pacific drive-ins in the San Bernardino County closed at,roughly,the same time.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 14, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Here is an update on the FOOTHILL DRIVE IN. It parked in 1956 700 cars, so it must have lost some spots. It was owned by Lesile C. Tharp. by Co-op Theatres Inc.

Johnpollard on October 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm

When I used to go to the Foothill Drive In I was waited on by Twyla Tharp. Twyla was the daughter of the owner. She became quite a famous choreographer.

rivest266 on May 27, 2015 at 1:52 am

March 6th, 1948 first ad in photo section

Sillyoldfrog on January 13, 2016 at 2:45 pm

My mother worked here in 1965 thru 1968. I remember the lobby was filled with the animals MR. Tharp shot with his bow. My mother loved working with the Mrs. Tharp. The Tharp’s daughter, Twyla became famous but I don’t know what happened to her twin brothers.

DRIVEIN101 on September 14, 2018 at 7:09 am

Final night of operation was September 5, 1988 with “Coming To America” and “Hot To Trot”.

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