Skip to comments.Beany's Drive Thru - Long Beach, California - 1952-53
Posted on 05/20/2015 6:29:33 PM PDT by Wiz-Nerd
What a good time in America. Video at link.
That was fun. It is also my birth year.
How cool is that?
Everything looks so wholesome. You would never guess the national insanity that was simmering, just waiting to boil over.
I remember the Clock and of course the Circle Drive, but Beany's was gone before my time. Judging from the video, it appears Beany's was at the corner of PCH and Alamitos Blvd.
Nearby was the Cinnamon Cinder (CC). Many acts played there over the years: Ike and Tiny, Righteous Bros. Joe Turner, Beach Boys, James Brown, John Lee Hooker etc.
Went there a couple of times in my street racing days.
Those were good times. Had a cousin lived close to there, get a load of the cars and clothes.
And when the cashier gave back too much change by mistake?
The patron said “ No, that’s not right”.
I lived in Hawaiian Gardens when the local language was English. My brothers and I played on the 605 Fwy when it was being built.
I ran across this footage about six months ago, but it was sans music. It’s quite akin to a lot of the chrome-era postcards I used to collect of roadside americana. Small-town street scenes, motels, diners, etc. The glimpse in the film of the marquee at the next-door drive-in theater is advertising “The Golden Hawk” (1952), a swashbuckler starring Rhonda Fleming and Sterling Hayden.
Had a drive-in restaurant of similar vintage here locally, with a somewhat similar architectural motif (although it dated to 1949). Closed-down quite a long time ago. The commercial landscape is so comparatively bleak and dreary nowadays. And the appearance of the patrons has devolved even moreso, to put it mildly. There’s such a visual third-world ugliness to America these days.
That set up reminds me of the Inn N Out burgers who were also just starting up during that time frame.
The Candlewood Country Club in La Mirada, not far from where I live, was called the Clock Country Club in the 1950's. It was owned by the restaurant chain. Back then, it was in the middle of nowhere, but the area was soon developed.
Okay, I was born in 1954, lived 23 years in the Long Beach area, and went to Long Beach State.
I never heard of the place before. When did it open and close?
In 60 years I hope that people don’t look back and think of 2015 as the “Good Old Days”.
Alamitos St. is way West of that. It was Ximeno Ave. at the Circle, and then in the sixties came Cinnamon Cinder.
My favorite in that Circle area was Oscars with the Hot deep dish peach pie, and hamburgers. Again that would be later in the sixties.
BTW I grew up in Belmont Heights...Fremont, Jefferson, Wilson.
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