Harbor Drive-In

23444 S. Vermont Avenue,
Torrance, CA 90502

Unfavorite 6 people favorited this theater

Showing 1 - 25 of 46 comments

kencmcintyre on May 7, 2011 at 9:26 pm

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.

kencmcintyre on April 12, 2011 at 6:19 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.


kencmcintyre on February 23, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Still looking for any photos of the marquee or screen.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm

You’ve come full circle.

kencmcintyre on November 21, 2009 at 5:57 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 2, 2009 at 9:50 pm

The floodgates are open.

kencmcintyre on September 2, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Here is a February 1960 ad from the LAT:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 25, 2009 at 7:04 am

Was that Bonnie and Clyde jr?

kencmcintyre on June 24, 2009 at 11:13 pm

The LAT reported the robbery of the Harbor manager, Joseph Green, by a man and woman bandit team on July 20, 1954.

kencmcintyre on June 24, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Here is an August 1965 LA Times ad for a swap meet at the Harbor:

Manwithnoname on June 24, 2009 at 9:06 pm

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 on June 12, 2009 at 1:57 am

Here is an August 1960 ad from the Long Beach Independent:

jags on June 4, 2009 at 2:12 am

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

jags on June 4, 2009 at 2:10 am

I used to live just north of the drive-in on Kaywood drive from 1962 till 1969. I remember the “farmers” wheat field south of my house and west of Van Deene Ave. as we would play in it all the time! I remember going to the theater for movies and also the swap meet on the weekends. And yes I do remember the chili dogs!!

If you look at the aerial photo at historicaerials.com and look at the 1952 picture you do see the theater but hardly anything else. The little housing tract and Kaywood Drive where I had lived did not yet exist. If you look at the 1972 photo you can see my house on Kaywood Drive and you see the construction site of the condos that are there now. So the theater did come down in 1971 or 1972. I have just returned to the area after living in Hawaii for the past 40 years and boy have things changed!!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 10, 2009 at 10:04 pm

That address might have been the location of the entrance to the drive-in. I would use that address. Print out a Google map with the old address so you can find your way home.

kencmcintyre on April 10, 2009 at 9:57 pm

See my comment of 8/20/05. If you change the address, I might get lost on the way home. 8-)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 10, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Two sources give the same address. The 23444 S. Vermont Ave address is the one that I would use.

kencmcintyre on April 10, 2009 at 9:48 pm

The address probably varied. The old aerial photo shows the DI taking up most of the block between Vermont and 228th.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 10, 2009 at 9:45 pm

That’s incredible. The link that you posted on Sep 10, 2005 gives the same 23444 S. Vermont Ave address. We had the address all the while.

kencmcintyre on April 10, 2009 at 9:39 pm

The drive-in is listed at 23444 S. Vermont in this March 1952 ad in the Long Beach Press Telegram:

kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 3:37 pm

If you enter the address on this site and click on the 1952 image, you will see the drive-in:

kencmcintyre on September 24, 2008 at 1:34 am

I think the Theater part of the name should be 86ed to be consistent. I don’t know too many other drive-ins listed thave have Theater at the end.

kencmcintyre on September 19, 2008 at 4:58 pm

It would be great to see a photo of this drive-in. Please keep us posted.

Scragglewart on September 19, 2008 at 2:58 pm

My sister and I were delightfully surprised to find that people have fond (if “creepy”) memories of The Harbor Drive In Theater! Our father owned it and we have some great old memories of the swap meet, playground and snack bar.
We had the best chili….does anyone remember the chili dogs? Who knows what was in that stuff but it sure tasted good.
I remember my dad saying it was “the end of an era” when the land became a condo site. It certainly was true for us.
Some of your comments really made me laugh. Thanks for that.
Will look for some photos – of course there must be some around.

kencmcintyre on February 27, 2008 at 10:40 pm

I met Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle at a charity softball game in Atlantic City, around 1980. They were working as casino greeters and had been banned from baseball by the commissioner. Willie seemed nice enough but the Mick was not too interested.

I don’t think there are any photos of this drive-in available. If any locals read this and happen to have an old photo, please let me know.