Sunnyvale Drive-In

1035 Aster Avenue,
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

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Sunnyvale Drive-In

On a piece of land bounded by E. Evelyn Avenue and Aster Avenue, Syufy Enterprises built a typical 1960’s drive-in. The Sunnyvale Drive-In was entered via Aster Avenue. The screen was a simple, no-nonsense structure, but the building housing projection, concessions, and restrooms was a circular, cement block design with a low-profiled dome, and 1960’s Googie style stretched diamond ornamental elements attached to the exterior piers. This building design appeared at several of Syufy’s drive-ins, and had much in common with their domed hard-top theatres, aesthetically, Vincent G. Raney being the creator of Syufy/Century’s look for most of that chain’s existence. One such building survives intact at the Coliseum Drive-In in Oakland, now fully given over to swap meet use.

I moved to the neighborhood in 1998, and all trace of the Sunnyvale Drive-In was gone by that time. Today, the site is occupied by condominiums.

Contributed by Gary Parks

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

GaryParks on May 3, 2012 at 3:36 am

I neglected to state that the Sunnyvale Drive-In had TWO screens.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on May 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Solano Drive-In in Concord has a similar building, as does the Santa Barbara Drive-In. The less stylish dome snack bars still exist in Sacramento, San Jose and Glendale (AZ).

GaryParks on May 4, 2012 at 1:22 am

Corrections—revealed by the posting of the aerial photo of the drive-in: The theatre was bounded by Aster Avenue, and Evelyn Avenue. As stated earlier, it was entered from Aster. The site is now indeed condos. The adjacent small shopping center occupies an adjacent plot of land, just out of the photo, to the Right.

jwmovies on December 12, 2012 at 7:14 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1035 Aster Avenue.

davidcoppock on October 11, 2018 at 11:04 am

The condominiums are called Willowbank Apartments.

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