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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
Robert P
Riverside, California
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Beijing, China
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456 reviews
311 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 366 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

My wife had only seen drive-in theaters in the movies and didn’t know they actually still existed. So, on our trip to my hometown we had to check it out. I have been many times to the drive in with my family growing up. Later, I still went because it was just a fun time. If you really want to... More 

1 Thank Daniel A
Kandahar, Kandahar, Afghanistan
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80 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The drive-in is still so much fun! I love taking my son and his friends. We have a blast. The Mexican food there is so good too. Seriously love it. I highly recommend grabbing some blankets and checking it out!

Thank Art M
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

They have raised the entry fee for adults again! It is still a great deal for 2 movies but maybe spruce the place up a bit if you are raking in more dollars?

Thank jeajeapip
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Looking for something to do visiting the Temecula area. Found this drive-in on Trip Advisor. Didn't think there were still drive-ins! What a Find. Less $ than a movie theatre and the snack bar was clean, INEXPENSIVE, and the food (Mexican menu) delicious. Will make future trips just for the drive in.

Thank StuStuff
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83 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 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 

Thank boots279
Riverside, California
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132 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank cariL44
Riverside, California
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Robert P
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Christie B
Redlands, California
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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 

1 Thank trazee2013
Riverside, California
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Cheri Lynn F

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