Capitol 6 Drive-In & Public Market

3630 Hillcap Avenue,
San Jose, CA 95136

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Capitol 6 Drive-In & Public Market

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Originally opened on May 25, 1971 as a four-screen drive-in, it was later expanded to six. At some point in the west side of the property was reconfigured to make way for a 16-screen indoor theater. All six screens still operate year round.

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scottfavareille on June 8, 2007 at 7:57 pm

West Wind Drive-Ins are owned by the Syufy family. Syufy was the original owner of the Century Theaters chain, which has since been sold to Cinemark Theaters. The Syufys decided to keep the drive-ins.

Syufy has done a 180 degree change of direction in the recent past. A few years ago, they planned to phase out all of their drive-ins, but have decided now to keep their drive-ins operating. (And one, the Solano 1 & 2 in Concord they re-opened as a drive-in just a month ago!)

At one time San Jose had numerous drive-ins, this is the sole survivor. (Syufy also owned the following in Santa Clara County: The Moffett & the Winchester, both long gone.)

TLSLOEWS on May 4, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Thanks for the photo Lost Memory.

DavidZornig on September 28, 2010 at 7:02 pm

This theater just hosted the Hot San Jose Nights Car Show & Event. They ran the movie “American Graffiti”, and Candy Clark who played Debbie in the film made a personal appearance.

scifi1972 on January 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

I can’t find the theater on Cinema Treasures, but I was at the flea market today and noticed the indoor Century Capitol 16 that was built adjacent to the drive-in in 1990 has closed. It appears to have closed in October. View link

scifi1972 on January 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

Here’s an aerial view of the indoor & drive-in. View link

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Added aerial from 1980.

antoniomontana on August 18, 2013 at 7:48 am

The Syufys installed digital projectors a while back so the drive in will remain open following the transition to all digital media in Dec 2013.

codegeasskent on June 19, 2016 at 3:35 am

This one stay around a long time i got my old battlestar galactica toys here!

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