La Habra Drive-In

1000 W. Imperial Hwy.,
La Habra, CA 90631

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The 1450-car La Habra Drive-In became Orange County’s eighth drive-in when Pacific Theatres opened it on July 3, 1962 with “Boys' Night Out” and “Ride the High Country”. At this time newspaper ads listed 46 Pacific drive-ins in the Los Angeles basin plus 13 independents.

Its last night of operation was September 10, 1989 with “Parenthood” and “Twins”. Beginning with the Orange Drive-In in 1941 and ending with the Stadium, built in 1970, Orange County once had eleven drive-in sites. This closing would leave the county with five drive-ins, with the Anaheim Drive-In the next to go in March of 1990.

A Super K-Mart was later built on the site. The Super K-Mart later closed.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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viper771
viper771 on May 3, 2005 at 12:45 am

I was very young when I went to this drive in with my parents in the 80s. I saw one of the Superman movies and Honey I shrunk the kids! there… and I am sure a few others that I cant remember. I lived down the street and still remember seeing that theater… there was another movie theather in the Fashion Square which used to be across the street, where the Regal now stands. I can also remember seeing nobody in line to get into the drive in, and the people looking really bored at the drive up ticket windows.. then one day.. it just closed. It was there for awhile before they tore it down to make the K mart. For the longest time, the weeds would grow pretty big around the old playground stuff.. I should of taken some pictures of it.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 29, 2008 at 10:30 am

Two photos can be seen here.

mechmusicguy
mechmusicguy on July 20, 2009 at 10:06 pm

When I was a kid I lived within walking distance of this theater. My sister actually had a job at the concession stand for a while. I saw quite a few movies there in the 1970s. I remeber those big cast aluminum speakers you hung in the window. The quality was modest but it was very nostalgic.

There was an open drainage ditch that went along the back side by the school yard. Every once in a while we would find one of the speakers someone tore off and flung over the fence. I remeber taking one of them home where I took it apart. If I had bothered to collect and save them over the years I could have probably sold them for a small fortune on ebay today!

It was a sin when they tore it down. It was destroyed for a retail store which failed miserably and then closed. Now the building is boarded up and the parking lot is covered it weeds. A fat lot of good that did, so much for progress.

viper771
viper771 on June 17, 2011 at 5:31 pm

very cool photos!! It looked about the same when I was a kid in the 80s.. just not as new looking.

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