Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Costa Mesa memories, Knott's, Buena Park, etc.

Today's photos show three of Costa Mesa's defunct entertainment hubs. The first image shows the Paulo Drive-In Theater on Paularino Ave, in 1954. The second, (an undated image provided by Tom Pulley) shows the Harbor Roller Rink, at 17th & Newport Blvd. And the third shows the final night of bowling at Kona Lanes on Harbor Blvd., in 2002. (Noted tiki-carver Crazy Al Evans is crouching on the right.)
Local historian and County Archivist Phil Brigandi will give a lecture (with slides) at the Jan. 10, meeting of the O.C. Historical Society. The program, entitled "Breaking New Ground: The Early Years of Knott's Berry Farm," will begin at 7:30 pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., Orange.
The Buena Park Historical Society will hold their annual installation dinner at the historic Stage Stop Hotel, 6601 Beach Blvd, Jan. 28, at 6pm. Jon Wagner will discuss the Fox Fullerton Theater, and Glenn Frank will offer an update on the Dreger Clock restoration project. For more information, call Gail Dixon, (714) 521-0261.The event is $16 per person, with reservations required by Jan. 22. Mail reservations and checks payable to Buena Park Historical Society, 6601 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90621
Amigos de la Colina will hold volunteer training for docents at Heritage Hill Historical Park in El Toro, Jan. 19th, 8:30am-3:30pm. For more information, call (949) 855-2028.


The Viewliner Limited said...

Places that I grew up with. Fantastic pictures.

Anonymous said...

Somehow I remember the drive-in was called the Paulo, not the Pauli.

ItsNotAPlace said...

great and funny photo of the Kona Lanes!

Chris Jepsen said...

Anonymous: You are correct, and I will change that.

itsnotaplace: A big gathering of Polynesian Pop fan got together for closing night at the Kona. We gave out a trophy for most creative and enthusiastic bowling -- not for the best game. Crazy Al won.

Anonymous said...

I have more of the Paulo Drive-in Theater pictures if anyone is interested. They are on My Flickr pages.

Anonymous said...

The Paularino Drive-in theatre was at the west end of Paularino Avenue in Costa Mesa, where Paularino ended at Newport Avenue. Newport Avenue gave way for the Newport Freeway.