Lake Drive-In

Big Bear Boulevard,
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

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Lake Drive-In - Big Bear, CA

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Possibly the only drive-in theater to ever exist in the Big Bear area, this long-closed venue’s screen remains intact (as of summer 2007), along with the projection booth building, on its original plot of land in the area just south (towards the western edge) of Big Bear Lake.

Well within view of the lake itself, this property on the south side of Big Bear Boulevard is currently being used for other forms of (entertainment?) business.

Contributed by Lavar Burkhart

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Lavarus on August 15, 2007 at 8:54 pm

Some more notes on this venue, along with a couple of photographs, can be found at the Drive-In web site:

kencmcintyre on September 16, 2007 at 12:16 am

The 1970 motion picture almanac lists the Lake and Peter Pan Drive-Ins in Big Bear Lake as operated by Earle C. Strebe Theaters of Palm Springs.

unihikid on February 24, 2008 at 3:41 pm

if im correct,this is off of highway 18 and is home to a real estate bussiness.its very much intact.

sameegrl on July 26, 2008 at 10:31 pm

I pass this place on HWY 18 everytime I visit friends in Big Bear. Yes, the old projection booth/snack bar building is now a real estate business.
Man, if I ever had the kind of money it would take to buy and revamp the place, I would do it in a heartbeat! Can you imagine watching a movie out under the stars up in the mountains of California? Sounds like heaven to me!

kencmcintyre on July 26, 2008 at 10:42 pm

A couple of photos of the screen are on this site:

sameegrl on February 5, 2009 at 12:41 am

There were actually two Drive Ins in Big Bear.

monika on February 5, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Two photos I took of the Lake in January 2009 can be seen here:
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sameegrl on February 5, 2009 at 10:38 pm

The other drive in in Big Bear was called the Peter Pan Woodland Drive In

jwmovies on October 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Approx. location for this drive-in was between Cienega and lakeview Pines Roads.

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Drive-In Theatre Preservation Society on July 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Photos on (see comment 1) are from the BIG BEAR DRIVE-IN that was in Poulsbo, WA. [Dave Lounder Drive-In Theatres]

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