Feb. 8: Vineland Drive-In, City of Industry CA

Vineland Drive-In marquee and main screen

photo by jericl cat, from the Carload Flickr pool

It’s Day 39 of my virtual Drive-In-a-Day Odyssey. I stayed in the Los Angeles area, driving just a few minutes northeast till I reached the Vineland Drive-In in City of Industry CA.

The Vineland opened in 1955 and has stayed active ever since. It switched to digital projection in 2013.

Good news: The Vineland was open on a February Wednesday, and had four screens to choose from. Bad news: I had already seen all four early movies. Good news: One of them was Hidden Figures, an Oscar-nominated film that I hadn’t seen for over three weeks. Of all the movies to watch a second time, that would be my choice.

Miles Today / Total:  17 / 4859 (rounded to the nearest mile)

Movie Showing / Total Active Nights: Hidden Figures / 29

Nearby Restaurant: It’s about three miles away, but I had to experience a perfect example of roadside Americana at The Donut Hole in La Puente. It’s open from early morning to late, late night, and the donuts are great, but the important thing is to be able to say that you drove through two donut holes to order and pick up your donuts.

Where I Virtually Stayed: Less than three miles away on Puente Avenue was the Courtyard Los Angeles Baldwin Park, which was of course in Baldwin Park. There was a microwave and mini fridge in my room, so I could save drive-in leftovers for breakfast with the coffee I brewed.

Only in City of Industry: According to Wikipedia, City of Industry is a narrow, mostly east to west suburb that hosts over 2,500 businesses but only 219 people. It was incorporated in 1957 to prevent surrounding cities from annexing industrial land for tax revenue. Its few residences either existed before incorporation, or are on properties near Industry Hills Golf Club, Industry Hills Recreation Center, or City Hall. There are also a few people who live at the city-owned nursing home.

Next Stop: Mission Tiki Drive-in Theatre, Montclair CA.

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