Lake Drive-In

Big Bear Boulevard and Cienega Road,
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

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Lake Drive-In - Big Bear, CA

One of two drive-in theatres to ever exist in the Big Bear area (the other was the Peter Pan Woodland Drive-In in Big Bear City). The Lake Drive-In was opened on June 7, 1957 with James Stewart in “Strategic Air Command” & Randolph Scott in “7 Men from Now”. This long-closed venue’s screen remained intact (as of summer 2007 but since demolished), 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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kencmcintyre on July 26, 2008 at 2:42 pm

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

sameegrl on February 4, 2009 at 4:41 pm

There were actually two Drive Ins in Big Bear.

monika on February 5, 2009 at 11:25 am

Two photos I took of the Lake in January 2009 can be seen here:
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sameegrl on February 5, 2009 at 2:38 pm

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

jwmovies on October 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

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

Drive-In Dave (DR. DRIVE-IN!) Lounder ?
Drive-In Dave (DR. DRIVE-IN!) Lounder ? on July 14, 2013 at 6:09 am

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

davidcoppock on October 5, 2018 at 9:53 pm

Might be reopening as Lake Starlight Drive-in, if it can solve city and county issues!?

dansdriveintheater on January 4, 2019 at 11:03 pm

not a chance the screen was demolished!

MichaelKilgore on January 17, 2020 at 6:45 am

Boxoffice, June 15, 1957: “Jim Boyd, who operates a theatre supply company on (Los Angeles Film) Row, opened his 400-car Lake Drive-In at Big Bear.”

kennerado on July 7, 2020 at 8:03 pm

Opened on June 7, 1957 with “Strategic Air Command” and “7 Men from Now” plus a color cartoon. Also had an indoor seating area for walk-ins. Opened by Jim Boyd with space for 600 cars and 140 indoor seats.

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