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Drive-in Theatres Northern California

Marysville Drive-in Theatre (Demolished)
Marysville, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Located north of the Bay Area is the Marysville Drive-in Theatre which opened in 1966. A bit North East of Sacramento, the Marysville was located right off the West end of a highway. The Marysville Drive-in is still open on summer nights and all weekends.

 

UPDATE 05/06 : The Marysville Drive-in played its last movie in 2005. 05-06

UPDATE 01/09 : According to Cinema Treasures, the Marysville opened in 1966 by the name Sierra Drive-in and became the Marysville Drive-in in 1978. The theatre is now gone. 01-09

 

 

Coliseum Drive-in Theatre (Closed)
Oakland, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

With a snack bar very similar to the Burlingame's, the Coliseum Theatre is closed for movie purposes and now operates as a swap meet. The congestion in the parking lot was horrendous, to say the least. The drive-in opened up on December 22, 1961.

 

 

Solano Drive-in Theatre
Concord, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

A cross between the Burlingame and the Geneva, the Solano Drive-in Theatre of Concord, CA originally opened on March 16, 1964 and is still operating as both a drive-in movie theatre and a swap meet.

 

UPDATE 05/06 : The Solano Drive-in showed its last movie in 2004. (See below as the drive-in reopened in 2007). 05-06

UPDATE 07/07 : The Solano Drive-in re-opened in Spring 2007. One screen reopened on May 4, 2007 and the second screen is re-opening soon. Many thanks to Angelica Rodriguez, Donald Smith, Greg McDaniel, Jen Niemotka, Richard Rangel, Scott Carlisle, and Terry Minton for update. 07-07

 

 

Capitol 6 Drive-in Theatre
San Jose, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

One of the Syufy operated drive-ins, the Capitol Drive-in Theatre of San Jose was bustling on another weekend swap meet day.

 

UPDATE 01/09 : The Capitol 6 Drive-in is now owned by West Wind Drive-in and continues to show movies. The Capitol 6 has been open since May 25, 1971. 01-09

 

 

El Rancho Drive-in Theatre
South San Francisco, CA
Photos courtesy Mike Manlick

Here are two photos of the old El Rancho Drive-In Theatre located on Hickey Blvd. in South San Francisco. In 1980, I tore down this drive-in for Home Savings & Loan Association and 92 townhouses were built on the old site. Briarcliffe, as it is now known has taken the place of this Drive-In landmark. Notice the home that is built into the screen. It was a long, narrow, two-story building….I assume the owners lived in it during its heyday. The snack-bar was subterranean so the cars could see over it! The original drive in was graded and built around 1949. Photos and info courtesy Mike Manlick.

 

 

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