Thread: Old McDonald's Restaurants

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    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/sterlingdavisphoto/5107960057/][/url]
    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/sterlingdavisphoto/5107960057/]McDonald's, Downey CA[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/sterlingdavisphoto/]STERLINGDAVISPHOTO[/url], on Flickr

    Anyone who went to a McDonald's from the '60s to the early '80s would remember this was the cookie-cutter building (itself used until 1968, the year McD's assumed its current corporate logo). On January 24, 1975, the first McDonald's with a drive-thru (called "McDrive" in select areas) opened in Sierra Vista, AZ (this location closed in May 1999 when an all-new location was built right next to it). Because of the success of this particular location, many older McDonald's were either demolished (and then rebuilt on location with the drive-thru), or modified so as to include the drive-thru.

    The photo above is of the Downey, CA store (location: 10207 Lakewood Blvd., Downey, CA). Originally opened August 18, 1953 as what was then "Speedee McDonald's" (Speedee being McD's then-mascot), it was the third McD's to be franchised by its namesake brothers before selling out to Ray Kroc a few years later. For many years it was not regarded as an official McD's (that honor didn't come about until 1990). The store was closed in 1994 after being damaged by the Northridge earthquake, and then rebuilt (using the best modern technology to make a classic building such as this) and re-opened on December 15, 1996, and included a museum and gift shop as testament to the heritage of the original location.

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    Wow, it's not at all often that you see McDonald's restaurants like these anymore. Still, this is one interesting read, RetroBen81, congratulations.
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    There is actually a McDonalds like that about a 20 minute drive from my house. It is not open anymore but there is a newer McD's next to it. It is located by the chuck E. cheeses in the same parking lot. It is cool looking and I hope they keep it there forever.
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    This is technically what McDonald's needs to go back to being again. I hate those indoor buildings!
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    Quote by ActionBastard
    There is actually a McDonalds like that about a 20 minute drive from my house. It is not open anymore but there is a newer McD's next to it. It is located by the chuck E. cheeses in the same parking lot. It is cool looking and I hope they keep it there forever.

    I think you must come from Portland, Oregon, like I do. I know that location: it is 9100 SE Powell Blvd. Store #425, which was presumed to have opened in 1963. The currently-operating building you mention dates to about 1980, and has a Playland room.

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    Quote by RetroBen81
    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/sterlingdavisphoto/5107960057/][/url]
    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/sterlingdavisphoto/5107960057/]McDonald's, Downey CA[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/sterlingdavisphoto/]STERLINGDAVISPHOTO[/url], on Flickr

    Anyone who went to a McDonald's from the '60s to the early '80s


    ~Ben


    Don't get what you meanby early 60's because Kroc opened his first McDonald's in 1955 in Desplaines Il.

    which has often been wrongly credited as the first, though I do believe it was the first that opened outside of CA by Mr. Kroc.

    I don know the McDonald Brother opened their first restaurant in San Bernadino CA but didn't know about a few other in the area.

    Thanks for the extra info.
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    • 8 years 8 months ago
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    McDonalds is going through their locations and revamping/modernizing things. They have already demolished and rebuilt a few early 80s restaurants where I live. But they were nothing special. Lets hope they leave the classic places alone.
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    Quote by RetroBen81
    Quote by ActionBastard
    There is actually a McDonalds like that about a 20 minute drive from my house. It is not open anymore but there is a newer McD's next to it. It is located by the chuck E. cheeses in the same parking lot. It is cool looking and I hope they keep it there forever.

    I think you must come from Portland, Oregon, like I do. I know that location: it is 9100 SE Powell Blvd. Store #425, which was presumed to have opened in 1963. The currently-operating building you mention dates to about 1980, and has a Playland room.

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    Fuck yeah man! I'm actually located in gresham Oregon right next to portland, but I'm sure you already know where that is. Thats awesome to see more oregonians on here. you totally called it man.
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    That looks so cool. Now they're making McDonald's restaurants look like bland boring boxes.
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    I actually see that McDonalds occasionally when I head to the mall but I never been there. Looks a little better than the new ones.
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    This one opened up a few years ago near where I currently live.

    [url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/docjfw/4599894115/[/url]

    Must be a throwback design.

    On a side note, this guy's photography is amazing. He must live near me because I know half the places he photographs.
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    All our McD's look like airport cafes now. My favorite one as a kid had the outdoor play area and games for birthday parties. Which of course got upstaged by the other one by TWO(!) brand new SNES consoles and an indoor play area.
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    I've seen McDonalds like these close to where I live as well, mostly located in rest stops off of the express way, but they do still exist. Most of the McDonalds by me are very tiny now and have a look about them that reminds me of a piece together house, when you go inside they usually have pictures of gardens and flowers on the wall instead of fun things like Ronald and the McDonaldland crew, some even have fireplaces. It's quite depressing actually.
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    Is there anyway I could obtain a Poster of this McDonalds? ThanKS. PAM
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