550 Paularino Avenue,
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After four months of construction and a cost of $300,000, the Paulo Drive-In, Orange County’s third ozoner opened in July of 1949 on Newport Boulevard and Paularino Road between Costa Mesa and Santa Ana, CA.
Built by Ward Theatres, it was advertised as having a 40x60 foot mammoth screen. It was briefly listed as a Cabart Theatre in the early-1950’s until September of 1952 when it became part of Pacific Theatres, California’s largest drive-in chain.
It’s last double bill was on February 2, 1976 with “Flesh Gordon” and “The Cheerleaders.” Later, it was demolished and apartments were built on the site.
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