Lake Drive-In

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

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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.

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.”

dansdriveintheater on January 4, 2019 at 11:03 pm

not a chance the screen was demolished!

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!?

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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]

jwmovies on October 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

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

sameegrl on February 5, 2009 at 2:38 pm

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

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 4, 2009 at 4:41 pm

There were actually two Drive Ins in Big Bear.

kencmcintyre on July 26, 2008 at 2:42 pm

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

sameegrl on July 26, 2008 at 2:31 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!

unihikid on February 24, 2008 at 7:41 am

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

kencmcintyre on September 15, 2007 at 4:16 pm

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.

Lavarus on August 15, 2007 at 12:54 pm

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