Bar-Len Drive-In

Lenwood Road and Main Street,
Lenwood, CA 92311

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Located in Lenwood, near Barstow. The Bar-Len Drive-In was part of Western Amusements in 1955. It continued to operate at least into the 1960’s.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm

you said something on one theatre that you didn’t think Drive-ins Should be on CT. what was your reason?Can’t remember the Drive-in you left that statement on,hope you read this.Just wondering.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 17, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Do not take me wrong Mike,I just do not have the affection for drive-ins as I do for hard tops.But the more I read about them I can see why people like them so much,in fact the photos I sent to Robin are Nashville Drive-ins.I did not say that drive-ins should not be on C.T.,that is not up to me anyway.To each his own.A lot of the theatres on C.T. are not “Cinema Treasures” to a lot of people,this site was set up to save theatres I believe,but most of them are already gone, how can you save something that is already gone.Keep the stories coming I have some Nashville Theatres on VHS video,I need to find out how to transfer them to disk and post them on C.T.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 17, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Did Robin get those Drive-ins on CT I don’t think I saw them.Nick sent me a GCC Feature Presentation trailer on Dvd.It was like Christmas morning.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 17, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Nick has a super cool picture on National Hills Theatre.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 17, 2010 at 10:37 pm

I will check out Nicks photo,and no Robin has not posted them.I have the same photos on VHS that I taped last week on Nasville Public T.V.Now back to the Barlen Drive-in.

Coate
Coate on May 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

This drive-in was located in Lenwood, not Barstow.

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 6, 2012 at 2:42 am

This drive-in was located a block south of what is now Barstow Lenwood Transmission. Approx. location is 24879 Main St. in Barstow.

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 10, 2014 at 1:15 am

Update: The drive-in is now the intersection of Lenwood Rd. and Main St. literally! The reconfigured Lenwood Rd. runs through where the drive-in stood. Most ramps are still visible.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on February 19, 2017 at 5:38 pm

The “Bar-Len” was listed in Lenwood in the 1964 Film Daily Year Book. It was also listed, with a capacity 460 cars and in Barstow in the 1972 International Motion Picture Almanac, so it survived until at least 1971. By the 1984 edition, it was gone.

A 1963 Barstow High School yearbook photo calls it the “Bar Len,” though the poster uses a hyphen.

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/mojavegirl1216/4300343906/

For the clincher, this Flickr user posted “A single frame from the policy trailer shown at the Bar-Len Drive In.” It clearly shows a hyphen in the name.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/23731559@N07/4357654129/

I can’t tell which city it belonged in, but I think the name really ought to be hyphenated.

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