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My father took our family almost every week to this drive-in theatre. I believe that in the mid 1950’s this theatre was owned by a Mr. McKnight who also owned the nearby Oaks Theatre on Solano avenue in Berkeley. I can recall a character named “Kara Kume” performing magic on the snack bar roof at intermission one time. Also, a jumping B&W cartoon figure called “Spotty” on the screen. The idea was to catch “Spotty” with your car spotlight during intermissions. Puffy Pete popcorn and Toddy were my favorite snack bar treats.
I’ll never forget the United Artists theatre in Berkeley. The year was 1953, I was 7, and the movie was “War of the Worlds”. That started my fascination with sci-fi films.