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Downey, California: World's Oldest Operating McDonald's

The third ever built and the oldest still operating, opened in 1953 -- in the original design, including a Speedee the Chef neon sign.

10207 Lakewood Blvd., Downey, CA
Lakewood and Florence Avenue. 1/2 mile South of the 5 Fwy. at the Lakewood Blvd. off-ramp.
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Mac Tonight display, 2023.

World's Oldest Operating McDonald's

Back open and free to see during operating hours. Grab a Big Mac and read up on the history.

[Clark W, 12/24/2023]

McDonald's renovation underway.

World's Oldest Operating McDonald's

The McDonald's is currently closed for renovations. It should open again near the end of 2017. It is still possible to see the outside of it, but not the memorabilia museum inside.

[signmanjoe, 07/23/2017]

Oldest Operating McDonald's.

World's Oldest Mcdonald's

Bring back the good ole days! Great setup and cool to see all the memorabilia. We made it just as it was closing. Staff was super nice but it was New Year's eve 2014. Cool setup in lot of old McD's items.

[Study Ref, 01/03/2015]
World's Oldest Mcdonald's

This McDonald's is host to weekly gatherings for car aficionados to display their classic cars from different eras. A fun time to walk around, look at old vintage autos and eat a burger, shake and fries!

[Downey Native, 07/11/2010]

World's Oldest McDonald's

Food here is extra good. Has a gift shop next door. Lots of original McDonald's stuff, right down to the trash cans.

[Steve, 04/26/2010]

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