Capitol 6 Drive-In & Public Market

3630 Hillcap Avenue,
San Jose, CA 95136

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Capitol 6 Drive-In & Public Market

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.

Contributed by Scott D. Neff

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scottfavareille
scottfavareille on June 8, 2007 at 11:57 am

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
TLSLOEWS on May 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Thanks for the photo Lost Memory.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 28, 2010 at 11:02 am

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
scifi1972 on January 21, 2011 at 2:49 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
scifi1972 on January 21, 2011 at 3:01 am

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

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 26, 2012 at 5:12 am

Added aerial from 1980.

antoniomontana
antoniomontana on August 17, 2013 at 11:48 pm

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
codegeasskent on June 18, 2016 at 7:35 pm

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

jwmovies
jwmovies on August 31, 2018 at 12:09 am

Just a clarification: When this opened, screens 3 was located at was the indoor movie theater’s parking lot. Screen 4 was located at where the theater stood. 2 additional screens were added around 1980 (the current screens 4 and 6). When the Century Capitol 16 opened (I was at the opening!), 2 MUCH smaller screens were shoehorned onto the original screen 1 (the current configuration). I still can’t get over the drive in which opened 20 years before the now closed and demolished indoor is STILL going strong!

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 31, 2018 at 10:12 am

This was never operated by United Artists. Syufy/Century the entire time. Also — can we do something about the Century Circuit categorization? That was a different company altogether than Century Theatres.

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