Comments from JasonBalch

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JasonBalch commented about Sacramento 6 Drive-In on Nov 3, 2006 at 1:45 pm

The theatre has changed ownership, as Century Theatres has ceased operations and have sold off most of their screens to Cinemark. The Drive-ins that Century operated have been aquired by the Westwind Drive-Ins Company.

As of today, the Sacramento 6 has turned off their telephone recorded announcement, and dropped all listings in Yahoo! movies and the local paper. Hopefully this is a temporary issue…

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JasonBalch commented about Sunrise Drive-In on May 13, 2006 at 6:12 am

The Marquee was removed yesterday. The land has been regraded, and it appears that development will begin soon on the former Drive-in site.

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JasonBalch commented about Union City Drive-In on Mar 30, 2006 at 3:17 pm

The Solano is now closed, leaving the Capitol 6 as the last Drive-in in the Bay Area

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JasonBalch commented about Spruce Four Drive-In on Mar 30, 2006 at 3:15 pm

Operated by Syufy/Century Theatres

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JasonBalch commented about O'Farrell Theater on Mar 30, 2006 at 3:10 pm

The late Hunter S. Thompson worked as a night manager at this theatre for a period of time while living in San Francisco.

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JasonBalch on Mar 30, 2006 at 3:08 pm

This Drive in and the one listed as being in Daly City are one and the same.

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JasonBalch commented about Sacramento 6 Drive-In on Mar 30, 2006 at 3:06 pm

As of March 2006, this one’s still going…but catch it while you can. Century is shuttering their drive-in operations, and it’s too late to make the drive to Marysville; That one’s gone now, too.

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JasonBalch commented about Airport Auto Movie on Mar 30, 2006 at 2:02 pm

The original marquee is now in use as an airport “Park and Fly” parking lot.

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JasonBalch commented about UA Starlite Drive-In on Mar 30, 2006 at 1:49 pm

The aforementioned marquee was removed during the 2005 winter. No trace of this drive-in remains.

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JasonBalch commented about Marysville Drive-In on Mar 30, 2006 at 1:47 pm

This theatre should now be listed as “Closed”. The owner Bob Golding died unexpectedly last year while in the midst of fighting to keep his drive-in operational despite pressure from the landowners to sell. His family was unable to continue without his efforts, and the drive in closed. RIP Bob Golding and the Marysville Drive In.

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JasonBalch commented about Vine Cinema on Mar 30, 2006 at 1:43 pm

While the new look is nice, I miss the charm of the original theatre with the corner entrance.

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JasonBalch commented about Solano 2 Drive-In on May 18, 2005 at 9:33 am

I’m sad to report that a call to Century Theatre headquarters has confirmed that the Solano Drive-in will not be reopening for the 2005 season, and is not likely to reopen at any time in the future.

This was the last remaining Drive-in operation in the East Bay. It will be greatly missed.

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JasonBalch commented about Concord Auto Movies on May 12, 2005 at 8:05 am

This Drive-in was located directly behind the FOX Concord on Willow Pass Rd. The former FOX is currently in use as an athletic facility.

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JasonBalch commented about Marysville Drive-In on Apr 11, 2005 at 6:43 am

The Marysville Drive-in will close following the 2005 season, as the owner has sold the property for development.

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JasonBalch commented about Capri Theatre on Apr 6, 2005 at 10:47 am

The Capri closed on Labor Day, 1998. An interesting read on the City of Concord’s opposition to a church operating in this space can be seen at View link

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JasonBalch commented about SunValley Cinema on Apr 6, 2005 at 7:33 am

This theatre was known as the Sun Valley 1 & 2, and was part of the General Cinema (GC) chain. The cinema published a weekly flier that you could pick up at the ticket kiosk in the mall, directly across from the food court, that advertised that week’s features. This was one of the best places in the Bay Area to catch a midnight showing of Rocky Horror. Additionally, there was an outside entrance on the second level of the mall that led down a long hallway to the main lobby. This entrance was located where Houlhan’s restaurant now sits. There used to be a marquee visible from 1-680 that stood in the upper level parking lot just outside of JC Penny’s.

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JasonBalch commented about Vallejo Auto Movies on Mar 18, 2005 at 11:53 am

The Vallejo Auto Movies, in later years, was operated by Syufy/Century Theatres.

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JasonBalch commented about Hillcrest Theatre on Mar 16, 2005 at 7:09 am

On the Hope Center Covenant Church website (http://www.hopecenter.cc/), the are photos that show that the screen and curtain are still in place inside the auditorium.

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JasonBalch commented about Hillcrest Theatre on Mar 16, 2005 at 7:01 am

I drove by the site yesterday, it is now the Hope Center Covenant Church. The original building still stands, and there is construction underway in the parking lot adjacent to the former theatre.

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JasonBalch commented about Pleasant Hill Motor Movies on Mar 14, 2005 at 2:01 pm

When first opened, it was called the Concord MotorIn, and was constructed just outside of Sherman Field, a large airfield.

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JasonBalch commented about Mission Drive-In on Mar 14, 2005 at 1:34 pm

Located at 500 Guttenburg st, this Drive-in closed in 1978 to make way for a housing development.

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JasonBalch commented about Mather Auto Movies on Mar 14, 2005 at 1:28 pm

Former site is now a housing tract.

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JasonBalch commented about Hilltop Drive-In on Mar 14, 2005 at 1:04 pm

Closed in September 1984 and demolished in 1986.

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JasonBalch commented about Fruitridge Drive-In on Mar 14, 2005 at 12:27 pm

Status should be closed/demolished. It was operated by the Blumenfeld chain, and was located at the corner of Fruitridge Rd and Stockton Blvd in Sacramento. No trace of the Drive-in remains, site is now home to a shopping center and Rite-Aid store.

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JasonBalch commented about Enean Theater Saved on Oct 24, 2004 at 8:07 am

The Enean was operated by an earlier generation of the Enea family. Sylvester Enea opened this theatre, and also owned and operated another Pittsburg theatre, the Pittsburg Auto Movies, which closed in 1959 to make way for a housing development.