Burlingame Drive-In

350 Beach Road,
Burlingame, CA 94010

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Burlingame Drive-In

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Originally built as a two-screen drive-in, with one screen named Burlingame Drive-In and the other named Penninsula Drive-In. Located right near the water, facing the San Francisco Bay, just to the south of San Francisco International Airport. Built in 1964 and opened on June 23, 1965 by Syufy Enterprises, one screen could acommodate 900 cars, the other screen 1,000 cars. On November 17, 1973 it reopened as a four-screen drive-in and was renamed Burlingame Drive-In.

As of 1999-2000 it was in dire need of a paint job, and most of the ticket booths were falling apart. Sound was broadcast on a local radio station which you picked up on your car’s radio.

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EricB
EricB on December 16, 2005 at 6:38 pm

As one of my first teenage jobs about 1978-79, I worked at the Burlingame Drive-In Concession stand, which was a huge high-ceilinged “bubble” in the middle of the property, with large windows. It was pretty rough and tumble, even then. The teens would invade the place on the weekends and there would always be drunken kids starting fights. The security guard (intimidating but a sweetheart)would confiscate the booze and weed from the patrons and split it with the employees! We didn’t feel bad about it, since the spoiled suburban customers were generally stupid and abusive to the employees. One night, some obnoxious drunk kid thought we’d shorted him on change, so after much yelling, and with a horribly loud crash, put his arm through one of the thick pane windows. He’d wrapped his arm in A DOWN JACKET, which of course offers NO protection, so he messed his arm up bad. No one was arrested, though—I was told the kid was the local Sherriff’s son!

Lavarus
Lavarus on March 28, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Just found some pictures from 2001 on-line at a photographer’s web site: http://www.troypaiva.com

tarantex
tarantex on June 16, 2007 at 5:24 pm

I remember when it was called the Peninsula and Burlingame Drive in, it was a twin from the start, I use to manage that drive along with the Redwood and the last one was the Moffet in mt. View, running a drive in was fun, I took a short time away from the Syufy’s and worked for United Artists ran the drive in in Belmont called the Starlight it was torn down for Coca Cola built a plant there since then they torn that down now it an office park and Public storage

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 14, 2008 at 10:21 am

There is a photo of the concourse and screen on this site:
http://www.lostamerica.com/roadside.html

Benl
Benl on July 19, 2008 at 1:15 am

Seen a lot of movies in the Burlingame Drive in over the years.

Cannonball Run
Indiana Jones
Superman II
Demolition Man
Cable Guy
The Rock
Etc…

pbignardi
pbignardi on July 6, 2013 at 11:06 am

Hard to believe it has been over 10 years since the Burlingame was torn down. This was one of my hangouts when I was in high school and at CSM in the early-mid 80’s. We used to see a movie on a Friday or Saturday and then go cruise El Camino Real in San Mateo in the various cars I owned or my friends owned: ‘70 Nova, '67 Camaro, '57 Chevy pickup, '66 Mustang and so on. The weeks leading up to July 4 were always fun as fireworks were always going off in the lot, and most of us shot bottle rockets and larger rockets at the screen. Mostly harmless fun – no one got hurt and we didn’t cause any real trouble.

KenLayton
KenLayton on July 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I used to go there in the late 1960’s.

jwmovies
jwmovies on January 9, 2017 at 1:47 am

AKA Burlingame Drive-in Theater. There is a Burlingame Drive-in. Check my entry. It was in on Burlingame avenue and was opened before the second Drive-in opened.

KenLayton
KenLayton on March 8, 2017 at 8:30 pm

When did they stop using speakrs and make the switch to radio sound? Once they got radio sound, did they start with AM then later switch to FM? Or were they always AM?

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on March 9, 2017 at 5:11 am

Is it unusual for a drive-in to have two different names at the same time? Has it happened at any other drive-ins'?

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