Rubidoux Drive-In

3770 Opal Street,
Rubidoux, CA 92509

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DavidZornig on February 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Five 1949 photos added courtesy of the Americas Past In Photos Facebook page.

rivest266 on May 27, 2015 at 1:55 am

November 3rd, 1948 grand opening ad in photo section

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm

The Rubidoux Drive-In was the subject of a two-page article in Boxoffice of February 5, 1949. There are five photos and a floor plan of the concession-rest room building.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on January 29, 2013 at 1:42 pm

This drive-in is slated to convert to digital projection in 2013.

joshvs on March 22, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I worked here in the early nineties, Menace to Society era, interesting crowds.

chspringer on January 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm

This from Wikipedia: “As of the 2000 Census, Rubidoux is the largest unincorporated community in the Inland Empire and in Riverside County.”

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on January 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Especially if we’re going to make the “their website says so arguement” that is so often made about the name of theatres elsewhere on the site.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on January 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Regardless, I think it’s still in Riverside.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2009 at 9:56 pm

From Boxoffice Magazine, November 13, 1948: “Roy Hunt’s new Rubidoux Drive-In in Riverside opened November 3 to a capacity attendance of 780 cars….” This was a special event with a tariff of $4.80 per person, the proceeds going to a local charity. Regular operations began the following night.

Most likely the location was given as Riverside because Rubidoux did not become a census-designated place until 1950.

Tiger200 on June 8, 2008 at 9:24 am

I saw all the classic beach movies with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello at the Rubidoux. You have to admit those intermission commercials did a good job at bringing patrons to the snack bar. My whole family, Mom, Dad, and 4 kids loaded up with food and snacks for next to nothing back then.

Vintage Drive-In Intermission Videos

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Tiger200 on June 8, 2008 at 9:09 am

Does anyone know if there are any pictures of the mini amusemant park at the Rubidoux Drive-In from the 60’s on line?

Tiger200 on June 8, 2008 at 9:05 am

I remember when there was a mini amusemant park in front of the screen at the Rubidoux Drive-In back in the 60’s. A mini train ran through a tunnel underneath the screen. There was also a mini ferris wheel, mini merry go round, and mini boats. I couldnt wait until intermission to get on the rides. I have very fond memories from going to the Rubidoux Drive-In with my parents and siblings.

monika on November 19, 2007 at 10:08 am

Here are some recent (summer 2007) pictures of the Rubidoux:
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Chris Utley
Chris Utley on July 21, 2005 at 7:04 pm

Super clean drive-in…one of the cleanest ever! Visited many times in the summer of 2004. Can’t wait to get back here!

rootmedia on February 7, 2005 at 8:13 pm

The Rubidoux was built and had it’s first show in 1948.

There are some photos of Rubidoux at: