Harbor Drive-In

23444 S. Vermont Avenue,
Torrance, CA 90502

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This 1950’s drive-in was a favorite of family audiences during the 1950’s and 1960’s. My family went there often.

Operated by Pacific Theatres, the screen tower had a distinctive design and was painted a bright yellow, and featured that favorite of families at drive-ins, the children’s playground located just beneath the screen, and a busy snack bar.

Contributed by Donald John Long

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jags
jags on June 4, 2009 at 7:12 am

PS. Hope someone finds some photos. I would love to see the place again!!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 12, 2009 at 6:57 am

Here is an August 1960 ad from the Long Beach Independent:
http://tinyurl.com/mdyqr9

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on June 25, 2009 at 2:06 am

The ad in the link above clearly shows the address as 23322 S. Vermont as it does in earlier posts. Now we have 2 addresses a block apart with 23322 being in the later ads. Is it possible the entrance was moved?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 25, 2009 at 4:01 am

Here is an August 1965 LA Times ad for a swap meet at the Harbor:
http://tinyurl.com/ktqpzg

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 25, 2009 at 4:13 am

The LAT reported the robbery of the Harbor manager, Joseph Green, by a man and woman bandit team on July 20, 1954.
http://tinyurl.com/lbd3ac

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 3, 2009 at 2:48 am

Here is a February 1960 ad from the LAT:
http://tinyurl.com/ngywh2

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 21, 2009 at 10:57 pm

This link should show an aerial view of the drive-in, circa 1952. If the link doesn’t work, let me know.
http://tinyurl.com/y9btafy

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Still looking for any photos of the marquee or screen.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 12, 2011 at 11:19 pm

The Torrance Library recently digitized local papers going back to 1913. I have posted the link below. If you search for Harbor Drive-in, there are many entries about its colorful manager Joe Greene, along with ads, mostly in the 1950s.

http://www.torranceca.gov/libraryarchive/

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 8, 2011 at 2:26 am

The manager of the drive-in back in the early fifties was Joe Greene, as I mentioned in 2009. He was also an actor. In reading the local archives, there were a couple of occasions when he was an actor in the film that he was showing at the theater.

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