Vermont Drive-In

18001 S. Vermont Avenue,
Gardena, CA 90248

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres

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Vermont Drive-In

Opened by Pacific Theatres on October 23, 1947 with Jane Caulfield in “Dear Ruth” & Paul Kelly in “Fear in the Night”. It was a single screen drive-in. The Vermont Drive-In was triplexed in the 1970’s. It was closed on May 25, 1999 and demolished later in 1999.

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Steve504 on January 1, 2018 at 8:48 pm

hello i remember i work at the vermont drive-in in 1980-1991 when i work there . and in 1994 i went to missouri and live with an aunt jesie paxton at 1051 s. golden ave in springfield, mo. and i live at a skilled care center And the lodges 2401 w. grand st in springfield, mo.

rivest266 on February 4, 2018 at 7:42 pm

This opened on October 24th, 1947. Article:

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dansdriveintheater on October 23, 2018 at 7:35 am

it appears one of the screens and the marquee still remain!

davidcoppock on October 23, 2018 at 1:12 pm

Opened with “Dear Ruth” and “Fear in the night”. Site is now houses. There was also a swap meet on the drive-in site. 900 cars. Spanish subtitles.Closed in 1999.

Kenmore on November 9, 2018 at 7:23 pm

It looks like the entire drive-in is now housing with nothing remaining.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on January 11, 2019 at 1:39 am

Yep. Whole thing’s been torn down with no remains for about 20 years now.

MichaelKilgore on June 19, 2019 at 3:03 pm

The Oct. 22, 1949 issue of BoxOffice reported that Arnoldo Rubio and his brother had painted a 45x65-foot color mural on “the front of the entrance building” of the Vermont. “Rubio painted the figures of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, while his brother worked on backgrounds.” At that time, the Vermont also added a playground with an attendant “on duty at all times”.

Fanofcomedy on July 27, 2023 at 7:34 am

what the last movie playing at vermont before it closed?

Jamey_monroe45 on November 16, 2023 at 7:26 pm

Now housing.

The actual address for this theatre was 18001 S Vermont Ave, Gardena, CA 90248.

Please update.

50sSNIPES on November 16, 2023 at 11:09 pm

Closed on May 25, 1999 with a double feature in all three screens. The Vermont closed with “The Matrix” and “Life” at Screen 1, “Trippin'” and “Senseless” at Screen 2, and “The Mummy” and “Bride Of Chucky” at Screen 3.

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