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Van Buren Drive-In Theatre

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Address: 3035 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA
Phone Number: 909/688-2360
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Blast to the Past

These days going to a real drive in movie, like we used to do as kids, is a rare treat. Most of the drive in venues have closed, due to lack of consumer participation or the fact... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Riverside, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

there are very few places where you can take the family out and not spend a fortune. They're also very few drive in movie theaters left so if you have the opportunity to go to one, you should. What I would suggest is that you bring comfortable chairs to sit outside your car. Some of the children bring their scooters... More 

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Riverside, California
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22 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We went on a weekend, got there 1/2 hour before the show and the line was so long to get in we missed the 1st few minutes. Give yourself 45min or more to get a better spot.

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Riverside, California
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

These days going to a real drive in movie, like we used to do as kids, is a rare treat. Most of the drive in venues have closed, due to lack of consumer participation or the fact that the land is worth more for other enterprises. This is a better value if you trying to stay in a budget and... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I actually lived across the street from this theater. I love it here. We don't have many left to enjoy. During the day on the weekend it turns into a Swap meat and there it is like a flea market but outside. If there was a place to go for you and your sweetheart for an outdoor movie this would... More 

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Redlands, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We have enjoyed this drive in for a few years now. We have made a tradition of going on Christmas, and the crowd is very small and the familys who come are very nice. We bring blankets, hot tea and snacks and an EXTERNAL radio, since the Drive in uses the radio station locally. We had to get our car... More 

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Riverside, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

One of the last great ones! bring your outdoor chairs and relax under the starts and enjoy the fun of movies outside! All though most don't follow the etiquette for a drive in (parking lights on during movie), its a great time. They have great food for sale (Mexican) but it can get pricey. You can pick up your own... More 

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Riverside, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We took our daughter and granddaughters, who were visiting from CO, to the Van Buren Drive-In July 2014 for "a memorable family experience". We had taken our son and daughter to the drive-in when they were young and they loved it...as did our granddaughters. You have to bring your own radio to tune in to the sound (no more speakers... More 

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44 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

For those that grew up with drive-ins Van Buren is, I'm sure, just another example. For those that didn't it's a thrill. Not one that many tourists will ever get a chance to experience because, let's be honest, very few of your average visitors will find themselves in this part of the world. Go if you do, though. It's a... More 

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Riverside, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Has that great outdoors feel I grew up with. My children love it. Going there again tonight. We like to set up the chairs with the blankets and just watch the movie(s) under the stars.

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Southern California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My hubby and I wanted to take our son to his first drive-in movie. Neither of us had been to one since we were kids ourselves. The drive-in seemed just like we remember them being. However we were surprised to learn they only accept cash. We had to leave, go to the grocery store to use the ATM and then... More 

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