by Libby Vasquez
The Vineland Drive-In Theatre is located in the City of Industry, CA. It has been around since 1955 with the drive-in taking place at night and a swapmeet during the day. It has been a form of entertainment for generations around the Los Angeles and San Bernardino County. It is one of the few drive-in’s left in the area with great space, concessions and very courteous staff.
Vineland Drive-In Theatre has very courteous staff both outdoors in the ticketing area and indoors in the concession. Prices are low, lower than a brick and mortar chain, and children under 5 are free and under $3.25 for children 5-8 years old. It has four different screens that typically pay two different movies starting around 7 p.m. and are covered by your one fee. It is a very laid-back form of watching a movie, very reminiscent of older days and movies like Grease. It is also great for younger children as they can be comfortable, can talk loudly without interrupting others as you are in your car or outdoor chairs, you can have privacy as well. They generally play two children movies, with an adult movie following it or if it is very popular replaying again. They are also open 7 days a week, which is awesome! You can see a video about their history and other great particulars of this historical theatre.
We have been going to the theatre for about 10 years. It has always been a great experience. When it was just me and the hubby, no kids, we would pick up some fast food, enjoy two movies, popcorn and Nachos, I love their popcorn and nacho cheese, mmmm!!! As we had kids it was a great way to gauge whether they were ready for an actual movie theatre, hang out with their cousins as a group, we would meet up and have them all seated on the back of one car or just have a more memorable movie night. They would get to run around in between movies and in some cases fall asleep, while the older children watched their movie of choice or mom and dad got to enjoy an action or drama movie of their choice. It is great to not have to miss out on movies because your child is talking or feel bad if they interrupt someone else as this wouldn’t happen here. The staff is great, a lot of young people in the concessions stand but very polite, efficient, clean and kind. You also see a lot of old timers, like the general manager or booth handlers who are always cheerful and friendly. It is great to share this interesting historical place with my children now and hope it is around for my children to enjoy with theirs.
If you are ever in the area, check them out. Tickets for 8 and up are currently $9.50 and they are open 7 days a week. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for show times, weather and latest movie schedules.