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San Bernardino County Drive-in Theatres
Southern California

 

Tri-City Drive-In (Demolished)
Redlands, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


The Tri-City Drive-in Theatre near Loma Linda is another of the great screens with fantastic murals. The image of the skier depicts the area which is near the mountains. A Roadside Peek contributor claims that the skier riding down the ski slope is actually a depiction of him. Fact or fiction? You know the drill.

Unfortunately the Tri-City drive-in has been demolished.

(Far left) The screen tower at the Tri-City Drive-in with the downhill skier

(Near left) A shot of the marquee as it used to stand in Redlands, CA

For more information, see Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures tribute to the Tri-City Drive-in Theatre.

 

 

Bel Air Drive-In (Demolished)
Fontana
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


Although the Bel Air Drive-in site now looks more like an abandoned junk yard lot than an old drive-in, signs of its heyday still remain. The best way to enter the lot is by "backing-in" though.

 

UPDATE 08/06 : The Bel Air Drive-in and Bel Air Fontana Swap Meets are on the sites of the Thorp family Plymouth dealerships. My late parents bought a couple of cars from them. The dealerships folded about 1970 & the buildings were used for selling Blue Haven Pools, but the drive-in in Rialto continued. Starting about 1960, most businesses on Foothill Boulevard began suffering greatly when Hwy-66 traffic moved to the newly opened US-10 freeway. Many thanks to John Bennett of Colton for update. 08-06

 

New Bel Air Swap Meet?
Photos( 2000) courtesy Ralph Ishmael

The photos to the left show the new Bel Air Swap Meet in Fontana. Supposedly this is the same lot as photographed on the right in 1998. New photos courtesy Ralph Ishmael

 

 

 

Rubidoux 2000 version
Photos (2000) courtesy Ralph Ishmael


The Rubidoux Cinema 3 in Riverside sports a very colorful pain scheme. Another drive-in complex that fills to the rim with swap meet guests on just about every occasion. Oh yes, movies still play here.
Recent photos to the left show a different color scheme from the photos below taken in 1998.

New photos courtesy Ralph Ishmael.

Rubidoux Drive-in Screen Tower
Riverside, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Rubidoux Drive-in Marquee
Riverside, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

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