1500 Lemon Street,
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The Anaheim Drive-In opened two weeks after Disneyland on August 3, 1955 with Sterling Hayden in “Shotgun” & John Derek in “An Annapolis Story”. It was operated by Aladdin Enterprises and was Orange County’s fifth drive-in and was advertised as “Another famous Anaheim entertainment center”. The Santa Ana Register said that the $350,000 drive-in, built by Aladdin Theatres, had a 2,000 car capacity and a snack bar that could serve 500. It had a 90x120 foot screen.
It later became a Pacific Theatre and two more screens were added in the 1980’s. In its later days it served also as a swap meet until it played its last movie on March 26, 1990.
There were once plans to develop theatres on the site until 1997 when AMC Theatres expanded their small nearby multiplex into a 20-screen stadium, so Pacific Theatres built a shopping center anchored by a Lowes store.
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