Union City Drive-In

31200 Alvarado Niles Road,
Union City, CA 94587

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Union City Drive-In

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Once popular drive-in off the Nimitz Freeway at Alvarado-Niles Road, was opened originally by Syufy (later Century Theaters) in 1966 as a two screen drive-in. The fare was largely first-run films.

Over time, it grew to six screens. The drive-in closed March 31, 1998 and was immediately demolished. In its place, the Union Landing shopping center replaced it. Century Theaters now operates a popular 25 screen stadium theater on this site.

Contributed by scottfavareille

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scottfavareille
scottfavareille on August 30, 2004 at 11:43 am

As of today, only two drive-ins still operate in the Bay Area(both Century Theaters owned)—The Capitol 6 in San Jose(year-round) and the Solano 1 & 2 in Concord (Memorial Day to Labor Day only). The latter has had rumors of closing during the past two years.

Other drive-ins operated by Syufy in the Bay Area over the years(all closed):
Island Automovie(Alameda)
Coliseum 4(Oakland)
Winchester 3(San Jose)
Moffitt 3(Mountain View)
Burlingame 4(Burlingame)
Geneva 4(Daly City/San Francisco border)
Mission 1 & 2 (Daly City)
Hilltop (Richond)
One other Concord one called the Automovie

JasonBalch
JasonBalch on March 30, 2006 at 1:17 pm

The Solano is now closed, leaving the Capitol 6 as the last Drive-in in the Bay Area

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

Some corrections to some of the above comments as trained as a manager @ this drive-in (as well as worked at Coliseum i ‘82 and managed Island & Century Almaden in '85):

The Century 25 @ Union Landing opened 11/98 (I was there when it opened). The drive-in closed about a year prior.

Winchester ended w/6 screens, Solano reopened, Moffett ended w/4 screens, Mission NEVER had more than 1 screen.

Other Syufy D/I’s in the area were Vallejo 3, Spruce 4 (South San Francisco), Sunnyvale 2, Redwood 4 (Redwood City) and Auto Movies 3 (Salinas).

xsallnow
xsallnow on December 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Hard to believe that no decent pictures of this drive in exists. The Union City was one of my favorite drive-ins.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on December 24, 2013 at 7:25 am

We have a boat load of photos at Cinematour.com

xsallnow
xsallnow on January 12, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Scott, Thanks for the big heads up. I didn’t know about that side before.

Rudy
Rudy on December 30, 2015 at 5:34 pm

I believe the Union City Drive-In theater closed on March 31st 1998 after they showed re-releases of classic 1950s and 60s movies which was the titled “The Last Picture Show” on a Tuesday and quickly the drive-in was demolished the next day on April 1st on a Wednesday. Despite what that person wrote saying that the drive-in closed his funfare in 2000 which was not 2000, it was 1998 as I know this since I’m from the Bay Area. The Century 25 Theater was already open and showing movies by 2000 as it officially opened in around May 1999 when the very first movie I saw there was Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace as it was probably everyone else’s first movie if I’m not mistaken it was grand opening first movie in 1999 during it’s official theatrical release.

So the drive-in lasted for 32 years in
Union City from 1966-1998.
I really miss it today.

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