Motor Movies

546 Clayton Avenue,
Stockton, CA 95206

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Box office still on property July 2013

Viewing: Photo | Street View

The Stockton Motor Movies was a drive-in theatre on Clayton Avenue at Highway 50. It had a capacity for 887 cars, and was operating from the late-1940’s by the Blumenfeld Theatres chain. It was still operating in 1955.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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jwmovies on October 27, 2012 at 1:22 am

Above address is incorrect. Approx. address for this drive-in was 3845 South El Dorado Street.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Old USGS maps show that the Motor Movies Drive-In occupied an irregular quadrilateral lot of about ten acres along El Dorado Street starting about 300 feet south of Clayton Avenue and extending about 600 feet farther. A narrow additional parcel used as a driveway extended north to Clayton on a line with Mary Avenue, but the main entrance appears to have been on El Dorado.

The screen was at the northwest corner, at the back of what appears to now be a lumber yard. In the satellite view you can see a small, white-roofed building, set at an angle, about where the screen used to be. The rest of the drive-in’s parcel is now occupied by industrial uses and a storage area for big rig trailers.

I don’t know just where the marquee and attraction board were located, so I’ve set Street View to the southeast corner of the parcel, which is where the USGS maps show a driveway entering from El Dorado Street.

Go to Historic Aerials and enter the address 4000 S. El Dorado, Stockton, CA, and then when the aerial has been fetched click on the 1987 topo map link (T) to see the former layout.

JasHarv on November 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm

The marquee was on El Dorado (old Highway 50)near the box office.

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