San Pablo Auto Movies

Ventura Avenue and Riverside Avenue,
Richmond, CA 94805

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San Pablo Auto Movie

The San Pablo Auto Movies was opened July 29, 1953 with Fernando Lamas in “Sangaree” & Howard Duff in “Roar of the Crowd”. Located in Richmond, CA at Ventura Avenue and Riverside Avenue. They gave miniature train rides to all the kids before the movie would start. The train was located at the bottom of the movie screen. It was operated by United California Theatres Inc. and was closed prior to 1960.

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William on March 5, 2009 at 7:29 pm

The Drive-In was operated by United California Theatres, Inc. during the 1960’s, that company became United Artists Theatres, Inc. . The company listing has it in San Pablo, California. It’s car capacity was 750.

JohnRice on May 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm

The San Pablo Auto Movies opened on July 29, 1953 with a dual projector 3-D presentation of Paramount’s “Sangaree” with “Roar of the Crowd” (in flat 2-D) as the second feature.

This was a very nice drive in with nice facilities and a big wide CinemaScope screen, easily the best in the Richmond-San Pablo-El Cerrito area when it opened.

rockyroadz on June 30, 2019 at 11:25 pm

The comment above “A shopping center now sits on the site.” is incorrect. There is a small shopping center in the area, but that’s not where the drive-in was. Also, it was not at the corner of Dam Road as it was so often described in the newspaper ads. The drive-in was at the end of Ventura Avenue off of Riverside Ave. I posted a topo map showing the exact location.

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