Azusa Foothill Drive-In

675 E. Foothill Boulevard,
Azusa, CA 91702

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Pacific Drive-Ins and Edwards Theatres announced in a Los Angeles Times ad on December 18, 1961, the opening of the Azusa Foothill Drive-In and its attractions Disney’s “Babes In Toyland” and “Misty”. This unique partnership would make it Pacific’s 42nd location in the Los Angeles area.

As to Edwards' contribution to this agreement, it was probably the land as James Edwards II had invested in real estate in the San Gabriel Valley since he opened his first theatre in 1930.

Let it be noted that when Pacific Theatres took over the Edwards Drive-In in Arcadia in 1954 it was always listed as Edwards Drive-In in Pacific’s ads for more than 30 years. The 1,510-car Azusa Foothill Drive-In, despite Pacific’s listings, was always listed in the International Motion Picture Almanac as an Edwards Theatre.

After more than 40 years the Azusa Foothill’s last full night of operation began on December 28, 2001 with “Harry Potter And The Sorcerers Stone” and “Ocean’s Eleven”, with the swap meet closing early the next year.

The Los Angeles Conservancy says that the Azusa Foothill is the last remaining drive-in on Route 66 west of Oklahoma, and according to county records, its land on which Azusa Pacific College plan on expanding their campus is assessed at $6,372,000.

In February of 2002, the California Historical Resources Commission declared it a state landmark, despite a vote by the Azusa city council of 4 to 1 against it. The city of Azusa says that the university has a $20.9 million impact on Azusa. For it to be added to the California Register of Historical places the owner of the property, as required by law, would have to consent. The Los Angeles Times says that because of the landmark designation the owners now have to study environmental effects, examine alternative uses and produce evidence to justify the approval of any project by the city council.

As of December 2003, according to the city website, Azusa was still reviewing the specific plan for the future expansion of the university.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

sameegrl
sameegrl on July 26, 2008 at 6:04 pm

I remember going to this drive-in and seeing Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger! As a kid, I would love to play in the playground until the cartoons would start before the movie (usually Woody Woodpecker) and then my sister and I would dash to the car.
I wish this drive-in could have been saved as a working drive in, not just the marquee. It’s on Rte 66 for goodness sake, talk about Americana! Sheesh, shame on Azusa indeed!

Superman1985
Superman1985 on September 13, 2008 at 7:23 am

The last film I saw here was The Flintstones live-action movie in 1994.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on June 19, 2010 at 12:32 am

Stopped by today. The parking lot behind the marquee still has the rises/hills (what do you call those things?) that made it easier for people in the back seat to see the screen.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on June 19, 2010 at 12:39 am

Also, the address should be EAST Foothill Blvd, if you want the mapping to work correctly.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm

The Azusa Foothill Drive In Theatre is featured in the Bloodhound Gang’s 2000 music video/remake of The Association’s “Along Comes Mary”.
The opening shot is the neon marquee at night. The rest is a bit of a mess.
Can be easily found on YouTube.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Good marquee,glad they are going to keep it.

steveo
steveo on February 25, 2011 at 11:48 am

Hey, it was a great place..Its very wierd driving past, and seeing only the marquee…but I agree it’s great they are keeping it.
I remember the swap meets on the weekend, back in the late 60’s and 70’s Many fine items for sale!It was THE swapmeet to go to.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 5, 2011 at 12:42 am

Grand opening ad has been uploaded in the photo section

HogGravynChitlins
HogGravynChitlins on June 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Remember driving by in 2000 or 2001 and the marquee, the fences, everything looked so well cared for, I thought: Well this one should be around for a lot more years, how wrong I was.

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