Lincoln Drive-In

6612 Lincoln Avenue,
Buena Park, CA 90620

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Lincoln Drive-In

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Located in the Cypress/Buena Park district on what was originally Lincoln Boulevard. It opened as the Cina-Car Drive-In prior to 1949. The original capacity was for 375 cars.

By 1955, it had been renamed Lincoln Drive-In and the capacity had been increased to 600 cars. My family often went to this theater in the 1960’s. By 1964 it had stopped charging per person and adopted a "$1.50 per carload" policy which meant that everything you heard in The Beach Boys song "Drive-In" happened there – sneaking a case of beer in the theater in the trunk, partying in the lot while the movie was playing just like in "Grease", and seeing a lot of classic movies there cheaply.

Contributed by Donald John Long

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Dejael on November 19, 2002 at 2:16 pm

A further comment – as noted elsewhere, this drive-in originally was back-to-back with the Buena Park Drive-In, which was actually a better theater, but unfortunately fell victim to the economic woes which led to this theater charging a buck and a half a carload in the mid-1960s just to stay in business.

JasonBalch on October 9, 2003 at 7:04 am

Like many California Drive-ins, this theatre shared the lot with another Drive-in, the Buena Park, before merging operations as the Buena Park Lincoln. Demolished in 1996, the land was redeveloped for residential use.

Manwithnoname on January 9, 2005 at 10:12 am

This is actually a duplicate listing as the Buena Park and Licoln drive-ins were back to back. The Lincoln was twinned to create the Buena Park Tri-plex.

kencmcintyre on September 23, 2007 at 1:34 pm

Here is a May 1949 ad from the Press-Telegram:

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on May 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Uploaded aerial views from 1954,1972,1995.

Hopefully somebody here can tell us which DI is which.

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