Mt. Baldy Drive-In

3515 N. White Avenue,
La Verne, CA 91750

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Aerial Shot from 1972

The Mt. Baldy Drive-In was located off of N. White Avenue, where the Post Office currently exists. It opened June 9, 1960.

Contributed by Chris Flora

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steve_sey on July 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Saw many movies there from childhood into adulthood. My brother had to go get our parents at 2:00 AM because they fell asleep with a light on in the camper and drained the battery. When they woke up the place was empty. Great swap meets with wonderful stuff from peoples garages. Bought my first skateboard (used with clay wheels) and some records that I still have. Does anyone who went there remember Ed the welder?

aabaca on November 12, 2015 at 5:01 pm

I used the be the projectionist at the drive-in until it was closed. Larry Jacobs was the owner and gave me my first chance at a job there. Back then it was managed by Jim Vanderhoff and I had the privilege of seeing many, of what would become, classic movies. I also had a chance at manning the snack bar for the swap meets on the weekends. Does anyone remember Lisa B., Jeff A., Paul S., Mr. Poulos or Rick B.? (Rick B.’s father owned a textile mill and was pretty well off.)

cafepiccolo on April 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm

I lived near the Drive in for many years. I saw Pink Floyd the Wall, The Warriors, Boys in Company C… R Lee Ermy later to be GREAT in Full Metal Jacket……… My friends and I would open the corrugated roofing type barriers under the Screen in the middle of the day when no one was around turn up all the speakers that were close so we could hear the dialoge while sitting in the park that was located directly 60 feet just under the GIGANTIC SCREEN! I loved Mnt Baldy Drive in . I would love to see the sign in living color. Wow it was cool with the skier and the neon skis moving under him.

MichaelKilgore on May 12, 2019 at 7:51 pm

Motion Picture Almanac drive-in list mentions:

  • 1963(!)-66: Capacity 1,200, owner N. T. & T. Amuse. Corp.
  • 1967-76 1,200 (no owner info)
  • 1977-82: 1200, Mann Theas.
  • 1983-88: 1 screen, L. Jacobs

I don’t know what NT&T was supposed to stand for; in the MPA’s circuit lists, Fox West Coast Theatres Corp, a subsidiary of National General, owned the Mt. Baldy in 1963-69. NGC Theatre Corporation (National General) owned the Mt. Baldy in 1970-72. Mann Theatres bought National General in 1973.

davidcoppock on May 13, 2019 at 1:32 am

Is Mt Baldy a nearby mountain?

DavidZornig on May 13, 2019 at 6:32 am

Appears to be an unincorporated community with a ski resort 16.5 miles away, so likely within view of the drive-in. Per Wiki: “The community was established as Camp Baynham in 1906; it changed its name to Camp Baldy in 1910 and became Mt Baldy in 1951.” The ski lifts were installed in 1952.

MichaelKilgore on May 13, 2019 at 6:49 am

DavidZornig, what was the source of your 1973 Mt. Baldy photo? I’m working on a project and could use clearance on some of the pictures you’ve uploaded.

DavidZornig on May 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

My source was Dirk Dabel via Facebook. But I just did another TinEye reverse image search, and it appears it was used on a 1994 CD release by a band called The Undertoad. They were represented by Extablishment which still exists. Below is a link to their website’s licensing page. Most likely for music licensing requests, but you could ask them about the photo.

MichaelKilgore on August 12, 2019 at 7:26 am

So far, the only place I’ve seen the Mt. spelled out is this note in the March 28, 1960 issue of Boxoffice: “The Mount Baldy Drive-In, to be located at 3515 North Lincoln Ave., will be built this spring by Walter G. Long & Associates. The drive-in will be designed for 1,200 cars and will require an investment of around $200,000.”

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