Warner Drive-In

7361 Warner Avenue,
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres

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Same houses as in current view in next image. Courtesy Victor P. Gonzales.

The Warner Drive-In, Orange County’s seventh drive-in built since 1941, opened quietly on June 30, 1961 with just a small advertisement announcing its attractions, Jack Lemmon in “The Wackiest Ship in the Army” and Gary Cooper in “They Came to Cordova”. In later listings it shared billing under the Family Drive-In Theatre with the Lincoln Drive-In, formerly the Cina-Car (375 cars), which opened in the late-1940’s as the county’s second-built drive-in.

Both theaters charged $1.50 a carload for second-run movies but their fare improved after they became Pacific drive-ins on February 14, 1962. In fact, every county drive-in that started as an independent eventually was under the Pacific Theatres banner. The 600-car Warner’s last day of operation was in October of 1984, and, as usual, retail stores were later built on the site.

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lahabradq on February 12, 2005 at 8:34 am

This Drive-In was at the corner of Warner and Gothard in Huntington Beach. I remember going there to see a re-release of Bambi in the late sixties or early seventies with a carload of family members. It had a playground just below the screen where there would be houndreds of kids playing before the film started. Around the parameter of the complex were many huge eucalyptus trees. Just before it closed, Edwards Theatres opened a brand new megaplex at the Charter Center a block away. That was death for this place.

bkazmer on March 16, 2005 at 6:55 am

This was actually close to the Harbor Drive-in so we often wound up here if the film there was one we had seen or it was crowded. This theater was subject often to the thick fogs that rolled in from the beach since this was a low lying area. Of course sometimes with a date you may never notice the fog since you weren’t watching the film anyway.

kencmcintyre on July 7, 2007 at 5:13 am

A photo of the entrance in the LA Times dated 12/26/84 stated that the drive-in would soon be torn down to make way for an industrial park. The drive-in had been showing Spanish movies.

MichaelKilgore on January 30, 2020 at 5:52 pm

Boxoffice, Feb. 19, 1962: “Pacific Drive-In Theatres took over operation of the Warner Drive-In in Huntington Beach and the Lincoln Drive-In at Cypress, effective the 14th”

DavidZornig on October 13, 2020 at 6:15 pm

5 images added including current view.

rivest266 on September 21, 2023 at 10:35 pm

Opened June 30th, 1961. Small ad posted.

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