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The theater was operated by Westland Theaters of Stockton during the 60’s and early 70’s.
The marquee was on El Dorado (old Highway 50)near the box office.
The screens were facing each other. We constructed a new snack bar and projection booth when we added the east screen in 1972. Rotus Harvey (my father) was the construction super on the East addition. I worked on the project as my first full time summer job. The marquee design is the same as the Westlane and Hammer Drive In theaters in Stockton. The marquee center mast has a man tipping his top hat, this was the logo for Westland Theaters Company.
The Westlane theater was built in the late 50’s. Both theaters were designed by Rodda Harvey Sr.(my grandfather) The Hammer construction foreman was Rotus Harvey (my father). The son of our General Manger and I were on the Hammer lane job site as our first paying job(circa 1967). The Westlane and Hammer had a capacity of approximately 1500 cars. The triangular parcel adjacent to the intersection of Hammer and West Lane was sold to Golfland in the early 70’s. The property also hosted a short lived skateboard park. The theaters and undeveloped property were sold to Costco Inc. in the mid 80’s.