|Barstow Station Cinema||1503 East Main Street, Barstow CA 92311|
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Local drive-in takes over movie theater
BARSTOW • As of Friday, Skyline Drive-In took ownership of Hollywood Theatre on East Main Street, changing its name back to Barstow Station Cinema and creating two very different movie experiences with an interchangeable staff.
Barstow Station Cinema held an opening Friday with the new staff in place and free popcorn for all moviegoers. Gene Harvey, chief operating officer of the theaters, said he hopes to “create a synergy between the two theaters.” Barstow Station Cinema’s ticket and concession prices have lowered to be similar to Skyline’s, and all employees will be trained to work either establishment. Most of the Hollywood Theatre staff will not return, Harvey said, and Skyline and new staff will replace the positions.
When Harvey took over Skyline Drive-In on Old Highway 58 exactly two years ago, he already had his eye on six-theater establishment downtown.
“I always look to see where the movie theaters in town are,” said the Pomona resident, who owned movie theaters in California and Arizona before concentrating on running Skyline Drive in October 2009. “I decided right then that I was very interested in it.”
Tickets are regularly $7 and are $5 for children, seniors, military and for matinee movies. All moviegoers will receive a free bag of popcorn through Oct. 6.
•31175 Old Highway 58, Barstow, CA
Barstow Station Cinema
•1503 East Main Street, Barstow, CA