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Lynn Theatre

July 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Lynn Theatre (also known as the Old Lynn)
255 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, CA. 92651


    Operators: Independent
    Status: Closed
    Opened: 1915
    Closed: circa 1922
    Current Use: Retail  
    Screens: 1


The Lynn Theatre opened in downtown Laguna Beach, as the first Orange County cinema south of Santa Ana, around 1915. The exact start date is a matter of conjecture, as the operators (the Aufdenkamp family) began their “theatre” as an outdoor venue, screening silent films on a bed sheet. At some point, the outdoor screenings were moved in to a building, at 255 Forest Ave., and the site was officially dubbed the Lynn Theatre (named after Lyndon “Lynn” Aufdenkamp). An immediate success, the theatre garnered enough business to warrant a larger cinema, which the Aufdenkamps built on Pacific Coast Highway, in 1922 (also known as the Lynn).
The original Lynn Theatre, referred to as the “Old Lynn” after the new site opened, was briefly utilized as an art gallery, before being remodeled for retail use. Today, the site houses a Boardrider’s clothing outlet.


Tags: Laguna Beach

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  • 1 Laguna’s Many Lynn Theatres // Aug 3, 2010 at 4:25 am

    […] Lynn. In 1922, the family opened a second Lynn Theatre, at 162 South Coast Highway; re branding the original Lynn as the “Old Lynn”, to differentiate between the two venues. The “Old Lynn” […]