Buena Park Drive-In

6612 Lincoln Avenue,
Buena Park, CA 90620

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Buena Park Drive-In

This is a story of two separate drive-in theatres which were combined into one.

Located in the Cypress/Buena Park district on what was originally Lincoln Boulevard. The first drive-in at this location, Orange County’s second drive-in after the Orange Drive-In, was opened as the Cina-Car Drive-In (aka Cine-Car Drive-In) which opened May 5, 1949. The Long Beach Press-Telegram noted that it had a capacity for 600 cars. The owners were two ‘Texas’ boys, J.W. & W.W. Montgomery of Long Beach. One of its opening attractions was “Two Guys From Texas”. In 1953 it was renamed Lincoln Drive-In and was listed as a ‘Family Drive-In Theatre’ charging $1.50 a car-load for a second-run double bill program. In February 1962 the Lincoln Drive-In became listed under the Pacific Theatres banner, showing first-run features at an increased admission price. 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 theatre 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.

The Buena Park Drive-In was opened adjacent to the Lincoln Drive-In at 6540 Lincoln Avenue on April 22, 1970 with “2001:A Space Odyssey” and “Ride the High Wind”. It too was operated by Pacific Theatres and had its own entrance, pay box and facilities and was advertised as a twin to the Lincoln Drive-In. Both theatres eventually were known as the Buena Park Drive-In. On June 22, 1984 a third screen was added to the complex. When it closed on July 5, 1993 there had been a drive-in theatre at this located for over 44 years. It was demolished in 1996. A huge housing development was built on the site, with streets named after university’s.

Contributed by Donald John Long, Randy Studer, OCRon

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JasonBalch
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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 23, 2007 at 1:34 pm

Here is a May 1949 ad from the Press-Telegram:
http://tinyurl.com/3y363e

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.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on October 21, 2015 at 10:57 am

Okay that clears that up. Thanks OCRon!!

mfm
mfm on April 24, 2016 at 1:28 pm

The map location is wrong. It’s houses there since 1955. The drive ins were on Lincoln & Holder.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 18, 2018 at 6:29 am

800 cars when first opened. 1200 cars when merged together.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on May 20, 2019 at 2:53 pm

That first renaming may not have occurred until 1954. From the Sept. 4, 1954 Motion Picture Herald: “Renamed the Lincoln and completely remodelled, the former Cine-Car drive-in in Anaheim was re-opened by John C. Feys.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on July 10, 2019 at 3:47 pm

Looks like the original name was not so much “cine” as in “cinematic” but more like “see in a”. Or maybe the pun was really that clever.

From the Cypress (CA) Enterprise, April 21, 1950: “Tuesday night will be Benefit night at the C-Ina-Car drive-in theatre one mile east of Cypress. The proceeds will go to the Cypress and Artesia posts to be used as they please. … In announcing the VFW night at the C-Ina-Car theatre, co-owner William Montgomery said that the regular prices would prevail, fifty cents for adults including tax, and all children under 12 are admitted free. The public is invited to attend."

rivest266
rivest266 on November 6, 2019 at 4:55 pm

The Buena Park Drive-In opened on April 22nd, 1970. Grand opening ad posted.

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