Marin Motor Movies

55 Bellam Boulevard,
San Rafael, CA 94901

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The Marin Motor Movies was opened in 1948 with a 600-car capacity. The site of this former drive-in is now the Marin Square shopping center.

Contributed by Chris Ellinger

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Celeste
Celeste on August 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm

We used to go there when I was kid. You could see the Screen as you rounded Redwood Highway. It was always really cool to be driving by at night and to catch a few glimpses of the Movie that was playing.

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 18, 2018 at 5:17 pm

55 Bellam Boulevard is the correct address not 555. Please update. This drive in now shopping center is located between Hwys 101 & 580. 555 is further east in the Canal District.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on February 6, 2019 at 8:07 pm

From the Marin Independent Journal’s History Watch:

Marin County’s first drive-in theater, Marin Motor Movies opened in 1948 and featured a 41- by 52-foot screen and “hook-on” car speakers that could be tuned loud or soft “depending on the amount of attention the occupants wish to devote to the screen.” [Capacity was 600.] A sunken building (to avoid obstructing vision) housed the projection room, snack bar and rest rooms. The Marin Square shopping center now occupies the site.

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