26653 Base Line Street,
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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres
Firms: Balch & Bryan
News About This Theater
The old address when it opened was 1785 Baseline, Highland, CA. The Baseline Drive-In opened October 15, 1948 with Lucille Ball & Franchot Tone in “Her Husband’s Affairs”. It had a capacity for 750 cars and outdoor seating for 300 walk-in patrons. This was Pacific Theatres flagship theatre for San Bernardino county, and yes, it was a drive-in. Inside the screen itself were housed the district offices.
Palm trees had once surrounded the entire drive-in, and the peaks of the San Bernardino mountains could be seen behind the screen. There were neither speakers nor speaker poles; the sound was broadcasted and patrons would tune-in on their car radios to hear the movie. It was closed May 11, 1989 with Michael Keaton in “The Dream Team” & Chevy Chase in “Fletch Lives”.
Sadly, the massive screen and the offices it housed caught fire started by vandals on July 27, 1989, and that was the end of this treasure.
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