Burlingame Drive-In

350 Beach Road,
Burlingame, CA 94010

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Burlingame Drive-In

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. The opening movies were:“In Harms Way” & “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte” and on the second screen “The Family Way” & “Robin and the 7 Hoods”. 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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Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

kencmcintyre on March 14, 2008 at 10:21 am

There is a photo of the concourse and screen on this site:

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

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 on July 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm

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

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 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 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'?

brianashe on May 20, 2018 at 7:17 pm

@KenLayton I was working there in summer 1993 and that was when they started broadcasting. I forget if it was AM or FM, but I think it was AM. But they kept the speakers available, at least at first.

TomMc11 on May 22, 2018 at 8:28 pm

Current Google Aerial view shows visible ramps. The current street view, however, is from January 2018, and it appears there is rampant construction on all parts of the site which would lead me to believe the last traces of this DI are now gone.

davidcoppock on October 18, 2018 at 7:18 am

Opened wuth on screen 1(Penisula) with “In harms way” and “Hush…hush, sweet Charlotte” and screen 2(Burlingame) with “The family way” and “Robin and the 7 hoods”. One of the screens discontinued in 2000. Closed in 2001. Demolished in 2002. Site is now an empty field with trees.

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