Concord Auto Movie
1200 Concord Avenue,
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Architects: Gale Santocono
The Concord Auto Movie in Concord was located north of Willow Pass Road between Routes 680 and 24. It opened July 1, 1960 with Pat Boone in “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, Glenn Ford in “Cowboy”, Albert Sharpe in “Darby O'Gill and the Little People” & Marilyn Monroe in “Some Like It Hot”. It played some first-run titles but very often picked up titles from other Syufy drive-ins such as the Solano Drive-In, and would run them for a few weeks prior to going to second-run houses.
Originally, the Concord Auto Movie was owned by the Enea Brothers. As such, it was not one of the higher-end drive-ins of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Syufy Enterprises did very little to upgrade the look of the place. It was located between two busy freeways and was often in the final approach for the local airport. So it was a noisy place and could not offer good screen brightness.
The Concord Auto Movie ceased operation in 1977 and was demolished. The land now houses office buildings and a Waterworld USA parking area.
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