Harbor Drive-In

E. 32nd Street and National City Boulevard,
National City, CA 91950

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Harbor Drive-In

The Harbor Drive-In opened November 3, 1949, Tom P. Hunnington was the original owner. Sunday church services started in 1974. Due to some high tax liens, the swap meet helped cover the costs to keep the drive-in going. The swap meet later closed in 1999.

The Harbor Drive-In finally closed in 2003, “Spy Kids 3D” was one of the last films. The tower has been torn down and the lot now serves as a park and ride location.

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on April 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

The correct address is: E. 32nd St. & National City Blvd National City, CA, 91950

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on August 24, 2015 at 4:21 pm

This $250,000 ozoner launched November 3, 1949 by Tom Huntington of the Vogue and Seville Theatres. The 70' high and 150' wide tower was impressive.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on February 4, 2020 at 9:07 am

Boxoffice, Oct. 28, 1963: “Sam Russo of San Diego has taken over the Harbor Drive-In in Chula Vista.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on April 24, 2020 at 10:20 am

Adding another name, Boxoffice, Nov. 6, 1948: “Lou Berman and Tommy Huntington opened the Harbor Drive-In in Chula Vista November 3.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 8, 2021 at 9:48 am

According to Google Maps' city limits drawings, the Harbor site is actually in Chula Vista. Between 4th Avenue and San Diego Bay on the north side of the Sweetwater River, the Harbor’s outline is uniquely carved away from National City and retained by its neighbor to the south. Somebody did that on purpose.

Google Maps also uses National City as the site’s current mailing address, which means only that the 91950 post office services the site.

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