Crest Drive-In

2400 Hamner Avenue,
Corona, CA 92860

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Crest Drive-In

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The 1,000-car Crest Drive-In, managed by SWP Associates, a group of independent investors, opened on December 20, 1968 with “The Sound Of Music". The Corona Daily Independent said it was “Set in a natural amphitheatre encircled by eucalyptus, palm and cypress tree". The report said that it was one of the first theaters in Southern California to install Xenon, the latest equipment for projection.

In the early-1970’s it was listed in the Daily Independent as a National General Theatre and then dropped out of the Mann Theatre listings in the Los Angeles Times in December of 1977. It appears it became an independent after that because it doesn’t show up in any of the chain theater advertisements.

On June 27, 1985 the Crest Drive-In turned up again in the Times. The report said that two men described as in their early-20’s held up the ticket booth at the Crest Drive-In Theater on the west side of Hamner Avenue, taking more than $200 and the attendant’s car, a 1977 Datsun worth $1,500.

The Crest Drive-In was listed in the International Motion Picture Almanac through 1988 as independently operated by R. Cornwell.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm

The Drive-ins.com website has an entry for a Crest Drive-in at 2600 Hammer Ave., but locates it in Norco, CA, which is very close to Corona. There is one picture of the theater’s signage there.

drjohnny
drjohnny on August 30, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I was thinking it was in Norco and that’s where I looked first. I remember viewing triple features of the Clint Eastwood “Man with no name” films there.

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