Vineland Drive-In

443 N. Vineland Avenue,
City of Industry, CA 91746

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Vineland Drive-In

I didn’t know we had an open drive-in in the Los Angeles area, and ran across this one! What a treasure! I think it’s great to enjoy a pastime (almost) gone by. I’ve never been to the Vineland Drive-In, but will be driving up soon.

It opened on April 15, 1955 with James Mason in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”. It has a car capacity of 1,700.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 6, 2009 at 4:57 pm

The Vineland was the 26th drive-in opened by Pacific. The April 16, 1955, issue of Boxoffice said that it had opened on the 15th.

kencmcintyre on December 21, 2009 at 10:03 am

This was seen on the 605 freeway on Saturday.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I still come here every Summer on the regular. With 4 of us in our family, it’s the cheapest way to see 2 first run flicks for the price of a 1 MATINEE! Having said that, I’m sorry to report that the presentation of films is declining. Whatever maintenance that needs to happen regarding Technalight is not happening. Picture is darker and blurrier than it should be on most nights.

They did upgrade their FM transmitters so the sound isn’t as bad as it used to be. They upgraded the Men’s restroom too with the new waterless toilets (hopefully they maintain them properly…without regular maintenance, those things can get STINKY!). They still need to upgrade the lots and paint the screens. But it’s still the only (LEGIT) drive-in in LA County (no HD projectors showing old DVD’s on the sides of abandoned office buildings). For that reason alone, the place still gets my support.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

The Vineland is now featuring digital projection on all 4 screens. Needless to say, visibility has improved by leaps and bounds!

Permanently resting inside its concession stand is one of the old film projectors to remind everyone of the “good old days of 35MM!”

Logan5 on October 9, 2014 at 10:29 pm

“The Rocketeer” was presented here beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.

davidcoppock on December 6, 2017 at 1:46 am

What is Technalight?

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on December 6, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Technalight was an enhanced lamphouse for the 35mm projection system that greatly increased the amount of light emitted from the projector. This was particularly important at a Drive-In where ambient light around/behind the screens would wash out the projected image making dark scenes difficult to view. I believe once everybody converted to digital projection it improved image quality even more, making Technalight irrelevant/obsolte. Ambient light continues to be a challenge for most Drive-Ins that aren’t isolated or on the outskirts of town.

davidcoppock on October 11, 2018 at 2:59 am

Screen 1 replaced in 2003.

davidcoppock on October 19, 2018 at 2:11 am

Opened with a Walt Disney Carnival and “20000 leagues under the sea”

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