Harbor Boulevard Drive-In

3700 McFadden Ave.,
Santa Ana, CA 92704

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When it opened on June 29, 1960 this reflected the growing popularity of drive-ins as it was Pacific Theatre’s 41st location and Orange County’s sixth drive-in. At the time, all of the county drive-ins were under the Pacific banner except the Lincoln D.I., which would join Pacific in 1962. An article in the Santa Ana Register told that among its amenities were a 90x120 ft. screen and a 1500 car capacity. Its opening double bill was “Portrait in Black” and “S.O.S. Pacific”.

Despite its mammoth size, no more screens were ever added. In its remaining years it showed Spanish-language films but after July 1, 1984 no mention of films showed up in theater listings, only the swap meet which was to carry on until December 24, 1986

After its demolition, which began on February 11, 1987, a Wal-Mart store was built on the site.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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bkazmer
bkazmer on March 16, 2005 at 6:47 am

One of my best memories is going to see “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” here. I was dating my future wife (now ex) Janice Jacobs and we were with friends Steve King (no..not that one!) and Donna DeCubellis and we got into a great discussion on race with the car next to us with two African American couples. We went on talking about it the rest of the night over at Bob’s Big Boy. I saw many more films there but that one stands out.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on November 13, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Great pictures OCRon!!!

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